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AM practice before first “real” game at Consol.


Wednesday night was one of my weirder ones on this beat, dear readers. The roster situation involvoing LW ERIC TANGRADI and G PATRICK KILLEEN was bizarre to say the least — the very least. This is what went down yesterday:, but Tangradi is at practice — he’s been recalled — and skating on a line with C MIKE COMRIE and RW EVGENI MALKIN.

= Gs MARC-ANDRE FLEURY and BRENT JOHNSON practiced today. G PATRICK KILLEEN, recalled from Wheeling on Wednesday, was on the ice before the session, but did not participate in drills.

= D KRIS LETANG was not on the ice for practice. He did practice Wednesday. If out, the Penguins could playe two relaitvely inexperienced defensemen in BEN LOVEJOY and DERYK ENGELLAND.

= RW ARRON ASHAM did not skate. He has not practiced since his was injured Friday night at Chicago. RW TYLER KENNEDY took shift-skates on a line with LW MATT COOKE and C MARK LETESTU.




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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