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PENS

Daniel Sprong will get a 9-game look in the NHL, and that will determine whether the Pens think it's worth burning one year off his ELC status. [Pens Inside Scoop]

Upon learning the news that he'd be staying with the big boys, Sprong did what most teenage boys do - trolled his mom by telling her he didn't make it. Mom wasn't too happy with him (video). Listen to his words and read between the lines. [Penguins]

Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and it seems that this time the Pens were the lucky bastards who ended up with a first-round talent in the middle of the second round. [Hockey Buzz]

Obviously question is why did Sprong get drafted so low, and you get a weird vibe. He is not a GCB and what are we going to do about that? We'll start calling his room at 3 am before games. Thanks to @kikkerlaika for a good twitter timeline with reminders such as this. [Sportsnet]

Bobby Farnham of all people made the opening night roster, and he's pretty happy about it. [Trib]

Tim Erixon quietly ended up on the roster, although it remains to be seen whether he will spend most of that time in the press box. [PPG]

Sergei Plotnikov has earned a right to start the season on Geno's left wing. He brings a unique blend of physicality and puck-control skills to that line. [PPG]

With the addition of Phil Kessel the Pens might be scoring like it's the 90s again. [Trib]

Sidney Crosby's will to win translates to every phase of life. He even wants to win against the kids in the driveway while delivering season tickets. [PPG]

How important are Letang and Maatta to the Pens' success? The health of these two players might be the difference between a first-round exit and a deep playoff run. [Trib]

NHL

It turns out Daniel Sprong will make his NHL debut before Kasperi Kapanen, as the Maple Leafs sent him and several other prospects back to the AHL. [Yahoo Sports Canada]

Whether this is the right decision or not, most definitely it will spare the kids the pain of a rebuild season. [Globe & Mail]

Scott Harrington did make the Leafs opening night roster. The kid's a late bloomer, that's for sure, and I wonder if he'll make us pull our hair out for not sending Pouliot to Toronto instead of him. [Trove]

Giant pile of excrement Rafi Torres is about to earn yet another suspension for yet another illegal hit to the head. Why is it that guys like Jiri Tlusty have a hard time getting a contract while skill-free dirtbags like Torres don't? [SI]

Zach Kassian was transported to a Montreal hospital with injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The scene didn't look great, but the injuries are not life-threatening. [TSN]

The Edmonton Oilers have placed former starting goalie Ben Scrivens on waivers, paving the way to Cam Talbot being the undisputed starter. [CBS Sports]

Down Goes Brown ends the marathon season preview with the Contenders. It was brought up in the comments when it came out but here it is again ICYMI. The Pens section is pretty funny. [Grantland]

Last but not least, happy 50th to the one and only Le Magnifique. We are because you were, Mario. We go down the memory lane and look at sheer greatness again. [YouTube]