HEALTHY CROSBYCrosby, who signed a 12-year contract extension in June that runs through the 2024-25 season, had to overcome concussion and neck injuries that have limited him to just 22 games (and six postseason games) since Jan. 6, 2011. And he's as ready as he possibly can be to handle the workload of the year.
"I think it’s something I’ve been working as hard as I can to prepare for," he said. "You can’t really prepare for games until you play them, but I’ve done my best to try and prepare accordingly and hopefully things will work out well."Full story here.
CHECKING IN WITH GLASSThough new Penguins forward Tanner Glass was in Pittsburgh to skate at CONSOL Energy Center for the first time on Tuesday, his teammates teased him as if he was somewhere else.That’s because Glass just returned from Europe a few days ago, where he spent a few weeks playing for HC Banksa Bystrica of the Slovakia Extraliga League – and he’s still feeling the effects of traveling halfway around the world.Full story and Q&A here.--Michelle Crechiolo
KENNEDY GRATEFUL FOR SHOT AT TOP-6One possibility would be forward Tyler Kennedy, who is a right wing and has filled a top-6 role over the past two seasons due to various injuries. And Kennedy would love an opportunity to skate with the talents of Malkin and Neal.
“It would be a great opportunity. It seems like they’re going to give me a chance,” he said after Tuesday’s informal practice. “I want to do the best I can."Full story here.
(Photo credit: Getty Images)--Sam Kasan
PENSTV BRINGS YOU LOCKER ROOM SOUND--Sam Kasan
QUOTES HEARD AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM
Cooke and Adams screening Fleury
Jeffrey can't sneak a shot behind 'the Flower'
The newest Pen Tanner Glass
Jeffrey with Tyler Kennnnneedyyyyy (the ol' boy)
Vitale is all smiles while Engelland gives a serious stare
Dupuis got his work in early before the rest of the group
Niskanen's first day back with the guys
Sid eyeing his target
Duper leading TK in circles...
Before horsing around with Engelland
Adams explaining a drill to his teammates
Jeffrey is back from Europe!
Fleury sliding over to make the save on Jeffrey
Kunitz providing that net-front presence
Sid waiting for a pass from Niskanen
Who's hooking Sid?!
--Michelle Crechiolo and Brooks Bratten
THE PENGUIN WEARS PRADA
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was wearing an all white helmet at Monday’s practice at Southpointe. I guess he was saving his best for the home skate debut at CONSOL Energy Center.
Fleury was sporting a brand-new netminder mask for Tuesday’s informal skate. Looking pretty chic. A friendly tweeter (@DougGraham1) sent us an article on his new masks. Check it out here. He also has a blue mask for the third jersey that you can see here. Looking chic Flower.
The Pens skated on their home ice of CONSOL Energy Center for the first time since April. The group of players are taking part in another informal skate.
Participants were Kennedy, Jeffrey, Vitale, Crosby, Glass, Cooke, Neal, Kunitz, Adams, Engelland, Niskanen, Orpik, Lovejoy and Fleury.
Also of note: Dupuis skated on his own from 10-11 a.m. Brent Johnson tended net at the other end of the ice.
START THE DAY
Good morning Pens fans! The players have an informal practice scheduled at 11 a.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. The sessions are player organized so participation depends on which players are in town. The guys will be operating under such a dynamic until the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA are finalized and training camp begins, which of course is organized and directed by the coaching staff (no date has yet been set for the start of camp).