Here are your Pens Points for this Thursday morning...
If you’re interested, here is the team’s training camp schedule. All practices are free and open to the public. [Trib Live]
The always-excellent Michelle Crechiolo of Pens Inside Scoop has given a great in-depth look at what the organization will be looking at as training camp gets underway. How will the center depth hold up? Which defender(s) will round out the defense? Take a look. [Penguins]
The Pittsburgh Penguins have found great success with college free agents in recent years. That’s why newly-signed goalie prospect Filip Lindberg thinks he’s found ‘the right spot’ with the Penguins. [Trib Live]
Cam Lee, one of the Penguins’ better defensive prospects, is ready to take the next step in his development. [Trib Live]
It is, perhaps, the biggest question the Penguins will face this year: what kind of player is the team getting in Tristan Jarry? [Trib Live]
Defenseman Matt Bartkowski was recently signed to a professional tryout contract. He’s hoping to realize a childhood dream of playing for his hometown team. [Penguins]
News and notes from around the NHL...
San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has made several unflattering headlines over the last few months. While he was recently cleared of any wrongdoing in regards to his gambling habits, he is now facing new allegations of sexual assault and domestic battery. [Yahoo Sports]
In an update, the Sharks provided this statement:
The St. Louis Blues have given a promotion to Peter Chiarelli, naming him as the VP of hockey operations. In addition to this move, the team also brought back former head coach Ken Hitchcock as a coaching consultant. [KSDK 5]
Many longtime Arizona Coyotes are ready to mesh with the new faces the organization signed or traded for throughout the off-season. The players are embracing the rebuild and underdog role. [AZ Central]
The Detroit Red Wings announced that forward Tyler Bertuzzi has refused the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning he won’t be able to travel into Canada for games. [MSN/USA Today] Bertuzzi now becomes one of the more high-profile NHLers to refuse the shot.
On the opposite end of the vaccine spectrum, the league is projecting a 98 percent full vaccination rate for its players ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. [MSN/USA Today]
Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson, the two best players on the Vancouver Canucks roster, did not report to the first day of Vancouver’s training camp. They remain unsigned restricted free agents. [NHL]
Brandon Tanev went viral last season due to his hilarious headshot he took before the season began. Well, he’s back again. They say sequels are never better than the original, but this year’s headshot is quite... terrifying: