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Lights. Camera. Action!
The Penguins are in the midst of their HBO promotional shoot at Southpointe. There are a ton of cameras, boom mics, lighting and other high-production materials to help build the hype around HBO's "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic."
Though this production may appear overwhelming, this is nowhere near the presence HBO will have once they start filming the team in December. Today was specifically overblown to help with the promo. Here are some shots from the shoot: Jordan Staal
(left) and GM Ray Shero (right) do interviews with HBO.
The players walk through a smoke-filled runway.
Coachspeak with Dan Bylsma...On Simon Despres
Last year, he came into training camp and he surprised people with how he played and how many games he played and he earned games. This year there was a little bit different situation and we kind of waited to play him in a game because we knew what he had done last year. And now that he’s got a couple games he’s earned some games in showing how good of a player he is right now. So he’s going to get another opportunity to play, and hopefully he shows us how good he can play and makes it hard for us to decide. He’s a guy who has to stay here or go back to juniors. On what he needs to learn from the team during this last week:
It’s not so much about the team as it the few players who are still making a push. In the defensive situation, we have a handful of guys vying for the sixth and seventh spot, and we have one or two forward positions. And what lines we’re going to have and where those guys are things we’ll see play out in (Games) 5 and 6. On HBO filming changing the routine
Today it does just because there are interviews that last a little bit longer, but once they flip the switch and the cameras will be on 24/7 come December, that’s going to be a little shocking. On practicing with a reduced roster
The coaches are excited about being out there for just one group. And I think there is a change in the mindset of the player, too when you realize now that that’s the group. That’s the 25 guys that are going to be starting the season, with maybe one or two more. But we’re getting down to our group and we’re a week away from coming into CONSOL Energy Center to play that first game. The focus I think has changed a little bit we’ll use Games 5 and 6 as exhibition games to get ready and hone down our team to get ready for that opening day a week away. Assist Tony Jovenitti (working on a three-point game)
The Penguins held a shootout at the end of practice (defensemen vs. forwards). The losing team had to do crunches and push ups on the ice. Guess who lost? Hint: it wasn't Crosby.
Tony Granato chats with Eric Tangradi
(left); GM Ray Shero and ass't GM Jason Botterill (right)
Sounds heard around the locker room:Sidney CrosbyOn Mike Comrie
He brings experience, he brings a lot of skill, and we’ve seen that early on. He’s pretty nifty with the puck and he makes some smart plays out there. That, combined with the experience he’s had brings a lot to our team.On the locker room dynamic without Gonchar and Guerin
We definitely got younger, but I think everyone’s pretty familiar with each other. We’re a bit young. It’s definitely different, but every team is different.On practicing with the reduced roster
It was little bit better, because we’ve had broken up teams. So I think we’ll be able to get a little less reps in for practice and it feels a little better to get more of a rest. It feels like a regular practice now. So we’re just getting back into the routine and getting used to playing with the same guys. That’s always nice.On looking forward to the regular season
It’s obviously a big step to get everyone down here and get the numbers down. So we’re starting to get pretty specific with what we want to do and how we want to prepare. I think that’s always exciting. I think everyone wants to use these last couple preseason games as a good tune-up. So we’re ready to get things going.On Simon Despres
He looks good out there and obviously to be still around at this point at his age is a lot in itself. So he’s really had a good camp. I’m sure he’s excited about being here and making the most of the opportunity.On HBO filming
It hasn’t been anything that’s really been a drastic change. We’ll have to do a few things different this afternoon (with the promo shoot), but as for getting ready and pre-practice and all that stuff, it really didn’t change a whole lot other than there’s a few cameras and few more people around. It doesn’t seem too different, so that’s good.Marc-Andre FleuryOn practicing with the reduced roster
Practice was really fast with all the main guys out there, so it’s a good pace to practice.On looking forward to the regular season
I’m looking forward to getting started. I’m looking forward to the first game and playing at CONSOL Energy Center.On HBO being around
Before practice wasn’t bad, but I think now we’ll have a long day just staying in and doing interviews. We have to go back out on to the ice now, so it should be a good day.On looking forward to “24/7”
I think I’m looking forward to the show, and I think it’s a great concept. I’ve watched what they did with the boxers and I think it’s pretty cool so. I’m sure we’ll watch it to see how we look and I’m sure there will be some good stuff. It should be interesting.Assist: Tony Jovenitti
___________________________________________________________________________11:45 AM (Updated 12:16 PM):
Center Jordan Staal
spoke to the media for the first time since undergoing surgery on an infection in his foot. He met with a crowd in the locker room at 11:30 a.m. We'll get you his full transcript shortly.
As promised, all of Staal's comments below...On the timetable for his return
I’m not really sure, there’s been a lot of ups and downs, so I can’t really put my finger on when I’ll be back.On the long recovery:
It’s a long process, so it’s frustrating for any player going through those kinds of thing. Again, it’s the first bump in my career and I’m sure everyone goes through it, and I’ll get through.
On having a cut that won’t heal
It is (a little scary). I’ve had a lot of long nights where I can’t sleep, but I have the right people around me and some good doctors who have been helping me out since I’ve been down in Pittsburgh, so I’m definitely in the right direction.
On how tough it is to go through a worst-case scenario
It is (tough), but again that’s part of it and it has to take its course and hopefully everything will be good to go.On if there’s pain or swelling
There’s nothing really, no pain at all so it’s just a matter of getting the incision closed and getting into a skate. On encouragement from teammates
I’ve been hiding out pretty good as you guys know. I’ve just been sitting at home relaxing, but I’ve had a few conversations here and there coming in and talking to the guys and coaches. But it’s mostly just been relaxing and keeping my foot up.On how close he is to being able to skate
I’m not really close to that yet, but I’m hopefully starting to work out next week and getting my leg back into shape too. It’s kind of withered away a little bit. So I’m hoping to get back into shape as soon as possible. On getting back into hockey shape
It’s not going to be easy. I didn’t have much working out this summer, and the way my body is right now I have to get into shape pretty quickly. It’s not going to be too easy, but hopefully I can do it quick. On if he worries about this injury affecting his entire season like Talbot’s shoulder last year:
I don’t think so. Talbot came in a lot later in the season and his surgery was pretty major. From what I can tell, the way I am right now doesn’t seem as major. I feel pretty comfortable that once I get into shape, I should be fine throughout the season. On missing opening night
That’s one thing that definitely hit me hard. The arena’s pretty special and obviously to play the first game would have been a pretty special feeling, but it comes with the territory playing hockey, you have injuries every now and then.On if he’s been working out his upper body
Actually, I’ve just been kicking up my foot. It’s been a lot of relaxing and not doing a whole lot, which is really frustrating. On what happened after the surgery
Basically, I just had that second procedure and it felt good. But towards the end it had an infection and it’s just been ongoing ever since. I’m just trying to clear it up, and it’s been frustrating ever since. I think right now it feels really good and it’s heading in the right direction.
On if he got fevers from the infection
It’s been a little bit, but it didn’t get so far as the rest of the body. It’s more just the foot. On if he’ll be out until after Thanksgiving
Canadian Thanksgiving or American? (laghs) I don’t really know, it’s tough to say when I’m going to be back. I’d love to be back by Canadian Thanksgiving, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Again, it’s a long process and obviously I’ve got a long way to go since I didn’t work out this summer. But I just have to get myself into shape and be ready to play NHL hockey. Power-play goal: Tony Jovenitti
___________________________________________________________________________11:22 AM: Sidney Crosby
and Dan Bylsma (left); Ben Lovejoy
Crosby (left); Zbynek Michalek
Ass't coach Tony Granato and Pascal Dupuis
(left); Maxime Talbot (right)
Looks like Dustin Jeffrey
has earned a spot next to Evgeni Malkin
. The following lines were employed by the Penguins at practice:
Head coach Dan Bylsma did his promo interview early in the morning before practice.
The Penguins are at Southpointe Thursday, but the hype is all about HBO, which will be filming the team after practice for a promotional video for the "24/7 Penguins-Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic."
Due to the shoot and for privacy purposes, the practice is closed to the public
. So unfortunately fans will be unable to attend. However, they can follow this blog for the latest on practice and the shoot, and to get a sneak peak behind the scenes.