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Phil Kessel addressing media after his second informal skate at UPMC66.
Phil Kessel addressing media after his second informal skate at UPMC66.

Good morning one and all,

The Pens rookie tournament kicks off today in London, Ontario. Several players in it will vie for a spot on the senior team. Who will you be watching? (Pens website will stream the games). [Trib]

And a look at the much improved version of Penguins prospects that will compete in London (Ontario) in the coming days. [PPG]

Ian Cole is found money for the Penguins. A look at a continually undervalued player, who actually is among the league's elite players at pushing the puck up the ice. [SportLogiQ]

I've never seen anyone like him, actually. When he's in the gym, he's working and when he's on the ice, no one's distracting him or taking him away from what he's there for. Guess who this quote is about. Not Phil Kessel. God I missed this kid. [London Free Press]

Phil Kessel took the ice next to Crosby and Malkin as teammates for the first time. No longer a two-headed monster, we are now a three-headed monster. [Pens Inside Scoop]

He downplayed the weight loss during the summer. Gary Roberts is also credited for improving his diet. OF COURSE! LOOK AT WHAT ZERO HOT DOGS DOES FOR THE GUY! He looks the same, but okay. [PPG]

Seriously, though, Gary Roberts. The man is a legend and the Pens are lucky to have him. [Trib]

How many goals will Phil Kessel score in 2015-16? This estimate says 41 and I'm safely taking the oooooveer on that one. [The Score]

During the player media tour they asked Geno what he thought about Slava Fetisov's idea to ban KHL players from coming over until they are 28. Geno is an honest guy and good for him. [THN]

Are the multiple concussion lawsuits against the NHL one of the factors behind the sale of the Penguins? [Trib]

Who are the best (and worst) defensemen at protecting the dangerous scoring areas? [TSN]

The Patrick Kane grand jury hearing has been rescheduled for the week of September 18. [Chicago Tribune]

All 3 of the Bruins 2015 first round picks failed the beginning of season conditioning test. Maybe they just don't test well? [ProHockeyTalk]

A bunch of NHL veterans (led surprisingly by Jiri Tlusty) are still looking for work. [TSN]

The Montreal Canadiens announced they will name a captain for this season, but who it is remains to be seen. [NHL.com]

And for the end, siblings Tony & Cammi Granato take you through their hockey journey. Another great read. [The Players' Tribune]