Penguins Day 1 Camp Buzz
Kessel looked strong in first on-ice workout
Phil Kessel who had off-season hand surgery, showed no restrictions in the Penguins first on-ice workout. Kessel participated fully in contact drills and looked strong shooting the puck.
All anyone afterwards wanted to talk about was his Team USA comment.
“Obviously I meant no disrespect to any of the players,” Kessel said. “I have a ton of respect for all those guys there. I played with a lot of those guys. They’re great players and great guys. I know this game is hard. I know it’s not an easy one to play.”
Mike Sullivan’s best friend John Tortorella earlier in the week said Kessel’s comment was self serving and made Kessel look bad.
Sullivan on Friday had no interest in discussing Kessel’s comments.
“I really have no comment on the circumstance surrounding that whole experience,” Sullivan said. “What I can comment on is that we were disappointed obviously with the results and the performance of our team and we’re all responsible for that.”
Penguins divide teams to bring out competition
The first couple days of camp will focus on competition as the staff looked to try to divide the three teams up evenly.
“I think we have competitive guys by nature,” Sullivan said. “I think they like to compete. It’s our job as coaches to put them in an environment where they’re allowed to compete. It took a lot of players for us to go through the playoff run that we did.”
Line Combinations from Team 1 – Team 2 Scrimmage
Sheary – Bonino – Di Pauli
Wilson – Guentzel – Kostopulos
Sesisto – Gill Gardiner
Pouliot – Daley
McNeill – Prow
Erixon – Bengtsson
Kuhnhackl – Dea – Archibald
Quinney – Blueger – Krause
Burton – Porter – Haggerty
Dumoulin – Oleksy
Gaunce – Schultz
Crawley – Goers
— Thomas Di Pauli a player the Penguins are pretty intrigued about got an opportunity to play with Conor Sheary and Nick Bonino. Di Pauli made quite the impression scoring on his first shift 38 seconds in.
— Ethan Prow stood out with his vision and ability to create offensive from the backend. Had a great setup to Scott Wilson for a goal.
— Just one day but Scott Wilson is showing already why he’s going to be tough to keep out of the lineup. The skating looks improved.
— Derrick Pouliot showing up to camp like a professional athlete should gives him the honor of being the early media darling. Everyone was buzzing about him on Day 1.
“He looks terrific,” Sullivan said. “He’s obviously a determined guy and that’s great for us. We have high expectations for Derrick. We said that all along. I think the experience that he went through last year, being around this team and being part of that playoff run. Playing in some games. That’s an invaluable experience for a young player.”
— For all of the talk about Pouliot, Penguin coaches are giddy about working with Justin Schultz for a full camp. They see potential for Schultz to play more than just a third pairing role and potentially push Olli Maatta out of the top-4.
— The Penguins have not started contract talks yet with Trevor Daley’s agent Rich Curran. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has told close associates he would like to retain Daley but there is no sense of urgency at this point.
Where’s NPL been?
3 possible scenarios
A) He got lost in the pokemon go world.
B) he has been super busy between kfc,7/11 and promoting Clinton campaign or
C) he just realized this is a sport site and not any other social media site
Probably just laughing at Sam and yoda from afar
I guess we should all temper our expectations on Pouliot, if D says the Pens love him it’s a safe bet he’s the most hated player on the roster and won’t ever touch the ice.
Pens should trade fleury now. As a training camp starting goalie his value will never be higher.
Agreed, the team needs to start the year with a little NHL experience as possible in the net
The continued search for “something special”
He’s still butthurt about his boy Zatkoff
I’m calling bullshit on the Murray injury. Super insider Depaoli reported yesterday that Murray will be starting the opener.
Rumour that Murray has a broken hand?
Confirmed. It’s amazing how often real life makes Sam or yoda look like the dumbest person on the planet. Yoda wanted Tristan Jarry and Leland Irving to start the season. What a moron
Out 3-6 weeks.
No shit hey lol. They are like Alex Jones or the Food Babe… given enough time they will make themselves look fucking absurdly ridiculous haha
All my whipping boys are gone tk DB orpig Bennett I guess Same was ahead of the average bandwagons here that had love for those clowns. Malkin should’ve been gone too but this Mario selling the team slowed it down but no worries he won’t be here long and finish his career with pens like gaydogg said it
What happened to all those clowns that wanted TK on the top line?
Yeah your predictions on malkin have been real spot on (eye roll)
I’m still trying to find the people that loved Bennett & TK. Those poor people have been on the milk carton for years.
Pretty sure I’ve never once said that Malkin will finish his career in Pittsburgh, I’ve said that Malkin will be in Pittsburgh as long as Malkin wants to be in Pittsburgh because the team will never trade him. If I remember correctly you were the 1 that predicted Malkin would go to the KHL years ago, how’s that working out.
So D. If Fleury and Pouliot get traded, who will be your next whipping boy to go along with Malkin?
Sully next USA coach and won’t even pick chubby in his team lol
I know right… I mean it’s not like Kessel had wrist surgery or anything. I mean at the time of the original core piece Lombardi and Burke picked the roster while he was healthy and left him off… the same Lombardi who has looked like a pentulant child since the loss and has me questioning any success he seemed to fall *** backwards into during the LA sneak in and win runs. I know all that was over your head but the point here is that while I’m sure the GMs had Torts in mind when the core was picked… Read more »
Really? The Pens are actively trying to push Maatta out of the top four?
You believe what D writes too much.
Because my history out here shows that I’m trying to get confirmation of the claim from “super insider Depaoli” as opposed to questioning it altogether?