FLEURY'S NEW MASK
Michelle and I did some investigative journalism on Fleury's new helmet. He agreed to give us a peek at it and talk about why he chose the newest style. Check out the video below...--Sam Kasan
CBA CLOSER TO APPROVAL
The NHL Board of Governors ratified the proposed CBA. Now it's the players turn to sign on the dotted line. Once the players ratify, the CBA is signed, sealed, delivered.
Let's get the NHLPA to sign and make this CBA Facebook official. --Sam Kasan
QUOTE OF THE DAY...--Michelle Crechiolo
Though it’s an especially unique situation for Sutter, as this was the first career trade for the 23-year-old center, he’s already getting increasingly comfortable in his new surroundings. He got a chance to skate with his Penguins teammates back in September and met with the coaches about the systems and style of play during the summer, which has been a big help for the young forward.
“It’s starting to feel more and more comfortable,” he said. “I think it’s going to take a little bit of time, but everyone’s been welcoming. So far, so good.Full story here. --Sam Kasan
PENSTV LOCKER ROOM SOUND
SOUNDS HEARD AROUND THE LOCKER ROOM...
The two scrimmage teams were…
Sutter, Glass, Adams, Cooke, Neal, Vitale, Niskanen, Engelland and Vokoun
Crosby, Kunitz, Dupuis, Kennedy, Jeffrey, Orpik, Lovejoy, Martin and Fleury
Team White won the first scrimmage session. Goal scorers were Glass, Neal and Cooke. Kennedy notched a goal for Team Black.
Kennedy opened the scoring with a breakaway goal through Vokoun’s five-hole. Glass responded by going blocker side from the side of the cage. Neal gave White the lead with a nasty wrister speeding down the far side. Cooke finished the scoring by batting in a loose puck in the slot.
The goalies switched teams for the second session and a few players didn't partake. The teams tied 2-2. The best goal from the second session was a 2-on-1 with Neal and Sutter. Neal carried the puck and cross-iced a pass to Sutter, who tipped it home past Vokoun.
Neal goes "all crazy eyes" during the scrimmage.
Fleury poke checks the puck off Neal's stick.
Engelland tries to make a power move around Lovejoy. Meanwhile, on the bench Orpik gives an evil stare down to some unlucky human being.
Vitale almost collides with the Starkist Fish. Thankfully, both parties survived without physical harm (maybe some psychological harm though).
Cooke takes a shot from the left circle. Deep in the corner team photographer Joe Sargent is hard at work stealthily capturing the action.--Sam Kasan
The team lines up for rush ice drills
Check out Duper's pearly whites #Crest
Engelland and Crosby check the action from afar
Pens forward/player coach Craig Adams has been running a lot of the drills
Crosby makes the puck flip over with some Jedi powers. Force is strong in this one
Vokoun looking good in his first session with his new team...
As does Brandon Sutter
Paul Martin returns...and with a nice goatee
--Brooks Bratten and Michelle Crechiolo
There are 18 players taking part in the Penguins informal skate. Forwards Sutter, Adams, Kennedy, Dupuis, Jeffrey, Vitale, Crosby, Glass, Cooke, Kunitz and Neal, defensemen Engelland, Martin, Niskanen, Lovejoy, Orpik and goaltenders Fleury and Vokoun.
The Pens worked on some line rushes. The forward combination of Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis worked together, just like old times.
Brandon Sutter wears the Pens logo for the first time
Tomas Vokoun is a south paw or "silly sider" as head coach Dan Bylsma refers to right-catching goalies
STARTING THE DAY
Good morning Pens fans! The Penguins are back to work Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center for another round of informal skating. A few new player arrivals are expected today, including Brandon Sutter, Tomas Vokoun and Paul Martin.
According to e-mails from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, training camp is expect to open Sunday with a 48-game season beginning Jan. 19. However, that is all pending the ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA.
Until the CBA becomes official and training camp begins, the players will continue to skate on their own in an informal setting.
Vokoun arrives at Penguins locker room at CONSOL Energy Center