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The first day of camp, and the first update


Good morning, dear readers — though, I suspect some of you are at Consol Energy Center for the first Penguins practices in this new facility. The end zones of the lower bowl are nearly full, and I’ve seen enough fans wandering the concourses to suspect there is a record turnout by fans for the first day of camp.

The time is 10:07 a.m. and a scrimmage is approaching. I’ll send some updates.

I’m looking at the A-B-C practice groups, and draw your own conclusions, but these players on one-way contracts are in the following groups:

GROUP A:(forwards) Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis; (defense) Zbynek Michalek, Brooks Orpik; (goalie) Brent Johnson. Prospects worth watching: (defense) Simon Despres.

GROUP B:(forwards) Matt Cooke, Max Talbot, Craig Adams, Arron Asham, Craig Adams, Mike Rupp; (defense) Alex Goligoski. Prospects worth watching: (defense) Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland; (forward) Mark Letestu.

GROUP C:(forwards) Mike Comrie, Tyler Kennedy, Evgeni Malkin; (defense) Kris Letang, Paul Martin; (goalie) Marc-Andre Fleury. Prospects worth watching: (forwards) Eric Tangradi, Dustin Jeffrey.

= Units to start the scrimmage: (white team) Cooke-Letestu-Asham/Goligoski-Lovejoy; (black team) Kunitz-Crosby-Duspuis/Orpik-Michalek.





Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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