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PENS

The Pens fly to Raleigh for the final preseason game, and there will be much more room on the flight, as the camp roster is getting a serious trim. [PPG]

Read the game recaps at your own peril. The defense was absolutely shredded. The Pens so far gave up 28 goals in 7 games. [Empty Netters]

The forward corps had a better game than the D, especially Daniel Sprong and Beau Bennett. Beau needed to have a great camp. Jury's still out on Nick Bonino. [Trib]

Immediately post-game, the team assigned Scott Wilson, Oskar Sundqvist, Connor Sheary and Matt Murray to Wilkes-Barre. [PPG]

Malkin's line is coming together, and it seems Plotnikov is earning himself a chance to open the season there. [Penguins]

Crosby is finding chemistry with Kessel, so pretty much the only question is who will be to the left of the pair. [Trib]

David Perron got a shot with Crosby and Kessel last night, and he did some good things, but will he be the guy left standing without a chair in the top 6? [Trib]

And if so, might he be more valuable as trade bait? I think it's too soon and too risky to assume that the top 6 is set as we think it is. [Hockey Buzz]

NHL

Who's the biggest omission from TSN Hockey's Top 50 Players list? Here's the entire list. [TSN]

Are you about to pay for NHL Game Center Live without knowing what you can watch? [Pension Plan Puppets]

Colorado Avalanche demoted over $3 million in salary by sending Patrick Bourdeleau, Marc-Andre Cliche, Zach Redmond and Calvin Pickard to the minors. [Denver Post]

Here's the current waivers list. No one was claimed thus far. [ESPN]

Pete DeBoer will name the new Sharks captain before season opens on October 7. [San Jose Mercury News]

Florida Panthers have released winger David Booth from his professional tryout, leaving him facing an uncertain future. [Miami Herald]

Chicago Blackhawks names were engraved on the Stanley Cup and Antti Raanta's name isn't on it. Could it have something to do with his recent interview? Team says no. [ESPN]

Lightning sophomore winger Jonathan Drouin aims for a breakout performance this season. [Tampa Bay Times]

Hold your rants. Why keeping lines the same helps, why mixing them up helps too. [Lighthouse Hockey]

A Quebec judge has dismissed Guy Lafleur’s $2.16-million civil suit against Montreal police and the Crown following his 2008 arrest. [TSN]

This week's Faceoff hockey show features talk about old defensemen, McDavid/Eichel vs. Crosby/Ovechkin as rookies, and fantasy hockey. [YouTube]