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Kasperi Kapanen to miss training camp, start of Penguins season

The Penguins forward will miss the start of the season due to immigration issues.

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When the Penguins open their training camp today at PPG Paints Arena, they’ll be without the services of forward Kasperi Kapanen.

This comes due to Kapanen having immigration issues, according to multiple reports.

According to the Mike DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kapanen will not be available for the Penguins first game of the season on January 13th against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

DeFabo says that Kapanen is currently in Finland and is set to have a visa meeting this week.

Once Kapanen arrives in the United States, he will have to adhere to a mandatory 7-day quarantine period as required by the NHL, given the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Kapanen was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs in August.

During the offseason, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said that the plan was for Kapanen to begin the year playing alongside Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel.

When the on ice portion training camp opens today, one would assume we might get a little glimpse into who Sullivan might have in mind to fill Kapanen’s spot, assuming it’s just a temporary issue.