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Pens Points Tuesday: How Cooke Almost Got Shero Detained

Your daily thread on Pens and other hockey news. The Penguins make first roster cuts, and sign Dea to a 3-year EL deal. Iginla makes his debut for the Bs. Read a recap of the Stars' eventful offseason. Minnesotans get to now Matt Cooke 2.0 and we learn how Ray Shero once nearly got detained at customs for employing him. Ryan Murray is quickly making up for lost time.

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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.

The NHL preseason is in full swing. Jarome Iginla made his debut for the Bruins last night against the Habs, and scored twice. Corey Schneider was flawless in his debut for the New Jersey Devils. SBN has all the info on yesterday's games.

Dallas Stars had a busy and eventful off-season. Catch up on all that transpired, from PensNation. Also let's check out some fearless predictions on the New Jersey Devils from THW.

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.

In a tale of two goalies that were known as "system goalies" before becoming Cup winners, THW look at Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford and their recent sizable contract extensions.

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.