The Penguins report to the UPMC South Side facility Tuesday morning for physicals and tests. The team will then hit the ice Wednesday morning. The majority of the players arrived in Pittsburgh this weekend. When the players hit the ice Wednesday morning it is going to be a very intense camp. There are six to eight players vying for the final two forward spots. Among the players going to garner serious consideration to make the squad will be Jeff Taffe, Kris Beech, Ryan Stone, Jonathan Filewich, Bill Thomas, Janne Pesonen, Dustin Jeffery, and Chris Minard. Just a reminder: Inside Pittsburgh Sports will have daily reports from Penguins training camp available only to Inside Access Members. DePaoli gives you the latest buzz
Rangers forward Markus Naslund tells Newsday that he is looking to rebound after a few subpar seasons in Vancouver. Naslund a 2008 free agent signee of the Rangers, turned down offers from the Canucks, Penguins, Wild. Naslund recorded 25 goals ‚Äì 30 assists and 55 points last season with Vancouver. Naslund is expected to start the season on a line with Scott Gomez. Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff tells the Buffalo News that the Sabres need to get back into playoff contention. In the past two seasons the Sabres have lost Chris Drury, Daniel Breire to free agency and traded star defenseman Brian Campbell to San Jose at last years trade deadline. The Sabres did not make any major moves this summer.
As I reported a few days ago the LA Kings and forward Patrick O’Sullivan are on the verge of finalizing a long term contract. Negotiations have been difficult for the Kings front office. O‚ÄôSullivan was seeking $4 million per season on a short term deal and $5 million per season on a long term deal. O‚ÄôSullivan‚Äôs demands have come down a bit and the two sides have bridged the gap. The Kings are believed to have two offers on the table. Three year deal worth close to $11.4 million and a four year deal worth close to $16.5 million.
Detroit Red Wings forward Marian Hossa has arrived in Detroit and hinted to the Detroit media yesterday that he knows it is likely a one- and-done situation. Hossa was the most sought out free agent this past summer and Pittsburgh put all their efforts into re-signing the star forward. Hossa turned down a 9yr – $81 million offer from the Edmonton Oilers and a 7yr – $52 million offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hossa eventually signed with the Detroit Red Wings, the team he was waiting on all summer to see what kind of offer they could make. Inside Pittsburgh Sports gives you some insight on which team is already being regarded among inner circles as the favorite to sign Marian Hossa next summer