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Crash The Net - Pens Q&A

by Bob Grove / Pittsburgh Penguins
Crash the Net is a weekly web Q&A on pittsburghpenguins.com. Click here to submit a question.


QUESTION: i have noticed that there is no way to watch the pre-season game on TV. Is there anyway to watch them through the Internet or listen to them on the radio?
-Ashley in Bridgeville, PA

BOB GROVE: First off, none of the Penguins' six preseason games will be televised here. But the Penguins are wrapping up plans for special coverage of their two home preseason games, this Saturday against Detroit and the following Friday against Buffalo. Watch pittsburghpenguins.com for an announcement on those details.

In the meantime, go to pittsburghpenguins.com after each period of road preseason games to hear radio color analyst Phil Bourque give you recaps with his usual flair. As always, you can track developments as they happen on NHL.com by clicking on the "Scores" link.


QUESTION: Does Tim Brent have a good chance of making the team?
-Duane in Cambridge, Ontario

Tim Brent (Getty Images)
BOB GROVE:
Tim Brent, the 23-year-old center acquired from Anaheim in the June 23 trade that sent Stephen Dixon to the Ducks, certainly does have a chance to make the Penguins' roster out of camp. He played 7:13 in Monday's overtime loss in Montreal, was minus-one and won two of three faceoffs. A right-handed shot, Brent won 48.8 percent of his faceoffs in 15 games with the Ducks last season and could conceivably be a guy who earns a spot on the fourth line -- he has spent some time on the wing.

Brent played on a crash line with Maxime Talbot, the top candidate to center the Penguins' fourth line right now, and Buffalo's Daniel Paille for Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships. Also on that team were Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury. If their preseason performances don't knock any of the players currently on the top three lines out of their spots, it would appear that Talbot, Brent, Jarkko Ruutu, Georges Laraque and perhaps Adam Hall could compete for time on the fourth line.


QUESTION: I know the Pens gave up Noah Welch to get Gary Roberts, but I noticed on the NHL.com that Welch is classified as a FREE AGENT SUBJECT TO COMPENSATION AND RIGHT TO MATCH - GROUP 2. What does that mean and could the Pens find a way to get him back?
-Martin in Toronto, Ontario

BOB GROVE: Noah Welch signed a two-year contract with Florida on Sept. 12. Prior to that, Welch was a restricted free agent, which gave the Panthers the ability to match any offers that came his way. It will be interesting to see if Welch makes the 2007-08 season his first full season in the NHL.

Crash the Net is a weekly web Q&A on pittsburghpenguins.com. Click here to submit a question.
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