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Pens Points: Summer camp opens today

It’s time for the Penguins to get back to the hockey

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July 13th, the start of the NHL’s plan to begin training camps. Here’s what you need to know to get going.

The 34 player roster for Phase 3 that starts today has no real surprises. Also no sign of Nick Bjugstad, which makes sense being as he’s only a couple months clear of spinal surgery which answers any lingering questions of his availability in this return to play. [Pensburgh]

Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse is thrilled with the stability of the new CBA. And in a quote that will get you ready to run through a wall, says of the Pens’ Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux: “they want more Cups”. [The Athletic $]

And the NHL and their players achieved rare agreement due to a “common spirit”. [NHL.com]

But...they pretty much had no choice. The pandemic has decimated everything, and as you don’t need to hear, everyone is feeling the pain. If the NHLPA didn’t get this deal ($81.5 million cap, 20% max escrow with some deferments to future years) the hockey revenue would necessitate a $60-65 million upper limit and much higher escrows, per Bob McKenzie. [Twitter]

As mentioned yesterday in Pens Points, the Max Domi saga has taken another turn. The center, a Type-1 diabetic, will be waiting 7-10 days before the decision comes down on whether or not he joins the Candiens in their training. This sounds like a difficult decision with multiple levels for a high-risk player. Play, or not play, hopefully it works out for Domi. Some things are bigger than sports, though if he wants to and it is safe it would be great if he can participate like all the other players. Either way, up for him to decide. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]

Which might be smart being as apparently at least three Canadiens players have tested positive for COVID-19. Per new policy, teams will not give update and the league will not offer names of any players who test positive for the virus given privacy issues. [The Athletic $]

Old bud Olli Maatta proved a middle-of-the-road add for the Blackhawks this season [Second City Hockey]

The Flyers, they hate themselves! [Broad Street Hockey]

To the shock of no one, Sidney Crosby makes a roster of a projected Team Canada for the Olympics in 2022. [The Hockey News]

Jake Guentzel is a member of Team USA from the same author. (Scoring 40 goals has its perks!) Though there is a big lack of Jason Zucker, Bryan Rust and John Marino, which in the next 12-18 months could change in a big way! [THN]

And, the least shocking thing of all (especially with Evgeny Kuznetsov’s four year ban from IIHF play) is that Evgeni Malkin is projected to be the top center, by a mile, for Russia even at the age of 35 at the next Olympics. [THN]

Leafs GM Kyle Dubas is showing no pressure entering Phase 3, which I guess is fine when he’s already past the qualifying stage. [TSN]