Good morning everyone!
Second preseason game is behind us. The Pens dropped it 4-1, but let's not despair. These early games are used to get a look at possible line combinations and defensive pairings, evaluate prospects, and figure our who the call-ups will be when (not if) injuries happen. The Hockey Writers have a very timely article in that regard: just how important are preseason stats in hockey?
This morning the team is making its first round of cuts to the training camp roster, and the boss has it all written up for you. The roster was trimmed down to 44 players (25 forwards; 15 defenseman; 4 goaltenders). You can view the updated roster here.
Jean-Sebastien Dea was also signed to a three-year entry-level contract that kicks in when he turns pro. Well done, kid. Went undrafted but kept working, made developmental camp, rookie tournament, got invited to main training camp, and earned himself a pro contract.
Chuck Kobasew scored twice in the first preseason game in Columbus. Penguins Insider looks at the Kobasew situation and his chances of making the roster.
A story on Matt Cooke from Minnesota Star Tribune's excellent Wild beat writer Michael Russo. Also on Cooke, a story of how Ray Shero nearly got detained at customs because of his head shot on McDonagh.
We all got to know Ryan Murray on Sunday night, didn't we? A story from CBJ Cannon on how he's quickly making up for lost time. The question is, can he become a top 6 defenseman? I don't know. I saw a nice OT goal and a whole lot of body checking.
Have a great day, everyone.