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Monday links: Almost time..

The Pens rookies are up in Canada, but the offense hasn't quite caught up, as they've only scored 1 goal in two games, including a 5-1 loss to Toronto yesterday. [PG]

The lone bright spot yesterday: when 22 year old Brandon DeFazio scored 12 seconds into the game for the Pens.  For a guy who'll be fighting to stay in Wilkes-Barre and not Wheeling that's a pretty good way to catch the coaches attention right off the bat. []

The not-bright spot:  Robert Bortuzzo will miss the final game with the dreaded "lower body injury". Never too early to not release injury detail there, Penguins. []

The Civic Arena is one step closer from it's inevitable date with the wrecking ball. (And we don't mean Mark Recchi). [Trib]

Dan Bylsma talked a little roster ideas, with the most intriguing lines floated being James Neal on the right side with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz and Tyler Kennedy and Steve Sullivan winging for Evgeni Malkin.  Hopefully Crosby's healthy enough to see them soon, but knowing Byslma these combos wouldn't even last a full game anyways. [PG]

Former Penguin Chris Conner is going to be given a shot to stick with the Detroit Red Wings NHL roster, but the Michigan native faces a, uhm, tall challenge. [MLive]

Drew Doughty still needs a contract for next season. [Puck Daddy]

...And so does Luke Schenn [PPP]

...And so does Zach Bogosian [Rotoworld]

Can Nikita Filatov put it all together in a new environment? [Silver Seven]

Finally, it's September so that means it's time to scroll down the right side of Pensburgh to the "fanshot" section for the daily PensAreYourDaddy countdown. [24 days to go]