We start with sad news. Bob Suter, defenseman on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team and icon of Wisconsin and American hockey, passed away at the age of 57. Our heartfelt condolences to Gary, Ryan and the entire Suter family.
Here is a recent chat with Bob and Ryan Suter, and also the brilliant piece written about 3 years ago by Jas Faulkner entitled The Power of Twenty. Bob Suter had a hand in developing many top US players, including Phil Kessel and Joe Pavelski.
Several years after the accidental death of Derek Boogard due to overdose of painkillers and alcohol, ex-minor league player Jordan Hart (son of Islanders' Gerry Hart) and a physician assistant from Utah Oscar Johnson were arrested and charged in connection to his death.
Several notable players - Ryan Johansen, Nino Niederreiter, Darcy Kuemper, Danny DeKeyser, Torey Krug, Jaden Schwartz - still don't have contracts and camps are about to start.
Niederreiter has turned down a hefty offer from the KHL to continue negotiating with the Wild. DeKeyser is also busy working things out with the Wings. There is a real possibility Johansen might sit out camp and part of the season.
The Pens rookie tournament starts Saturday at 2 pm vs. Chicago. Roster: G: Jarry, Murray; D: Boak, D'Agostino, Dumoulin, Harrington, McNeill, Ruopp, Seymour; F: Archibald, Dea, Kuhnhackl, Lalancette, Marcantuoni, McGrath, Payerl, Rust, Sheary, Sundqvist, Uher, Wilson, Zlobin.
Puck Daddy is doing emoji previews for each team. Here is the Pens rendition.