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Camp log: Bennett on Line 2; TV for scrimmage; and Geno stuff.

Good morning, dear readers.

OK, enough. The MVP will speak later, and (promises, promises) expect something unique from him in your friendly neighborhood tab.

Could he have granted interviews Monday? Yes. Should he have? Probably.

Is it fair, however, to give him a break after a day-long flight from Moscow, especially after a three-hour practice?


Clearly, this blog author cannot be considered completely impartial when it comes to Evgeni Malkin. And if Malkin has not spoken by day’s end, then this blog author will hold him accountable. Until then, the MVP says he will speak Tuesday, so we can wait.

= Day 2 of camp lines, note a change IN BOLD:

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis

BEAU BENNETT-Malkin-James Neal

Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy

Tanner Glass-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

ERIC TANGRADI-Dustin Jeffrey-Jayson Megna

Defense pairings are a hot mess, so an executive decision has been made to spare you.

= If you missed it, the Black & Gold scrimmage Wednesday (7 p.m.) will be televised by Root Sports Pittsburgh.

GM Shawn McClintock said the decision was made in part because of the enviable fans support the Penguins generate.

“The fans here have given the Penguisn the best local TV ratings the last two years, and you see how many showed up for the first day of training camp,” McClintock said. “There is obviously a high level of interest in the Penguins, so that really was the basis for our decision to put the scrimmage on TV.”

Root Sport Pittsburgh was scheduled to televise three exhibition games before the original preseason was canceled, so Wednesday will provide the TV crew a chance at a warm-up of their own.

Paul Steigerwald will call the game from the media box. Bob Errey will be between the benches. Dan Potash will conduct interviews.

For those attending, the Trib Total Media gate opens at 6 p.m. Admission and parking is free, the latter after 5 p.m.



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. Tim says:

    Why probably?

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