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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 has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. espo33 says:

    Rossi-where is Johnson? I hope he is Group C to be with Malkin. He should be with them also.

    The Cooke-Letestu-Asham won’t be bad. Letestu has some O skills and plays real way both ways.

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