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Pittsburgh Penguins: Training Camp Looms

Pittsburgh PenguinsAs exciting as it is to know that the 2010 - 2011 NHL hockey season is only a little more than a month away, I would be lying if I said that hockey has taken a backseat to football right now. However, let me take a break from all of the excitement of football season and look into what lies ahead for the Penguins.

The most recent news out of the Pittsburgh Penguins camp is that Jordan Staal’s foot injury, from the Montreal Canadiens second round playoff loss, has had some setbacks. It appears the Staal’s foot injury, which required surgery this off-season, has had problems with an infection. It has been reported that Staal will miss all of training camp although he is still set to return for the regular season debut. Obviously, I would rather have Staal sit out now rather than later and let him get healed up to 100%. However, it does concern me that Staal will not be getting any work in training camp considering it is highly likely he will be moving up to the second line with Evgeni Malkin.

It has yet to be determined whether or not Staal will be centering the second line or if Malkin will be. For that matter, we’re not even 100% positive Staal will be moving to the second line.

The Penguins have only made one move since their two big free agent pick-ups in Paul Martin and Zybenek Michalek and that was to sign former Flyer Arron Asham to a one-year $700k deal. It is difficult for me to like players who played for Philadelphia but since he is suiting up for the Penguins I will have to get over it.

At first, the Asham signing made me scratch my head a little. Why do the Penguins need another grinder? Asham is a typical 3rd or 4th line guy that has some great offensive upside. However, this pickup still leaves gaping holes in the 1st and 2nd lines. After evaluating and reading up on other people’s thoughts I tend to like the pickup more. The Penguins chose not to resign veteran Bill Guerin and as much thanks I have to give him for the 2009 season, I think the Penguins made the right move.

It is guaranteed that the Penguins will be having the remaining holes in their line up filled with some younger guys from Wilkes-Barre. Ben Lovejoy looks to have a good chance of making the team as well as Eric Tangradi. It will be interesting to see how these players step up and how the Penguins fare with them.

There is no doubt I am pumped for the first game of the season against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Penguins new home the CONSOL Energy Center. It will be an exciting start to an exciting season.

Let’s Go Pens!

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2 comments for “Pittsburgh Penguins: Training Camp Looms”

  1. We just signed Niemi so we both have to adjust to getting players from the ‘dark side’. However I think in the case of the Sharks the transition will be easier since this is a bigger loss for Chicago than perhaps the loss Philly is taking for Asham.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | September 2, 2010, 3:35 pm
  2. Yeah that was a great pickup for the Sharks and you got Niemi for a pretty good deal. It will be interesting to see how the Blackhawks do with so much change this offseason. I am glad to see the Sharks reap the rewards for Chicago’s stupid spending.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | September 2, 2010, 6:08 pm

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