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Penguins Report: Wednesday, October 8

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins conducted their first team practice at Mellon Arena since returning from a 10-day trip to Stockholm, Sweden, for the NHL Premiere showdown with the Ottawa Senators.

“It was something that everyone enjoyed,” Sidney Crosby said. “I think the fans liked it there. There was a lot of support in both places (Stockholm and Helsinki, Finland). I think it was worth it for everyone.”

The team landed in Pittsburgh late Monday/early Tuesday after midnight. Head coach Michel Therrien gave the team Tuesday off. The Penguins host their season opener this Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

“It’s a long road trip and I’m glad we were able to pick up two points,” Therrien said. “Time will tell if we’re capable of recuperating from that long trip. We gave the players the day off yesterday. We need time to rest and we’re not playing until Saturday. That will give us plenty of time to make sure that we are ready.”

“We’re lucky to have these few days,” Crosby said. “You need to adjust, that’s just the way it is. We’re happy that we have this time physically and we get some time to practice and get used to our surroundings.”

"Coming back is easier than going down there," center Maxime Talbot said. "We have to focus on getting a good start this year. It wasn't too bad coming back. Guys are healthy and ready to go."

I don’t think he’s going to play Saturday - Michel Therrien
> Right winger Petr Sykora missed practice with a lingering groin injury. The injury forced him to miss the opening two games of the season in Stockholm. Therrien isn’t optimistic Sykora will be ready to play in the team’s home opener.

“I don’t think he’s going to play Saturday,” Therrien said.

> The Penguins placed left winger Jeff Taffe on waivers. If he clears waivers, Taffe will be assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Center Kris Beech was placed on unconditional waivers. If Beech clears the unconditional waiver wire, he will leave the team and play in Europe.

> The Penguins assigned forward Janne Pesonen and goaltender John Curry to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The moves leave Pittsburgh with a 22-man roster, one short of the NHL limit of 23.

> Forward Paul Bissonnette changed his jersey number to 16. He previously wore No. 67.

> The NHL and Warner Video (WHV) released a DVD featuring Sidney Crosby titled On the Ice and Beyond yesterday. The DVD features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Crosby’s 2007-08 season, where he captained the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals.

“I’m very happy with the way it turned out,” Crosby said. “It’s been something they’ve been working on all summer. I’ve seen it. I’m really happy with the amount of people who were able to be involved with it. It turned out really nice I think.”


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