Approx. 11 a.m. UPDATE>>>
Group B won the first camp scrimmage, 5-0, over Group A. Goals were scored by wingers Craig Adams, Tanner Glass, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, and center Sidney Crosby.
Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals – including three on as many shots to open the scrimmage – for Group A. It was only a scrimmage, but it was also not the most encouraging start for a franchise goalie that was pulled from last postseason.
And so it begins…
The Penguins are on the ice – well, Group A’s members, anyway – for their first training-camp practice. Players reported Wednesday, but camp opens in full with three practices scheduled for Thursday, plus a scrimmage between Groups A and B.
It is all enough to make a grown man cry:
More on the Groups in a bit. To start, a look at the #TribHKY headlines from this Thursday morning:
= The Insider, an element of coverage we debuted last postseason, is now a full-time feature (when the situation warrants). The Insider is not intended to be straight news, but rather a deeper dive into subject matter that requires a beat reporter’s insight. Our hope is that this will become a particularly useful tool to bring readers the information we gather, but cannot always source on the record because of the subject material’s sensitivity.
It’s not opinion. It’s insight. (Warning, you may hear that soon on a radio station. Gulp.)
The Insider on this day is all about the perception vs. reality when it comes to D Matt Niskanen: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4688265-74/niskanen-penguins-cap#axzz2egVelzCA
= Consider this a strong encouragement to actually buy the print edition to see the wonderful design/layout work by the Trib’s Melanie Wass, but for those among the Dear Readers that only do the web thing, here is the online version of our Training Camp Preview: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4683790-74/tribhky-penguins-bylsma#axzz2egVelzCA
= A fine, feel-good piece about local hockey and the Penguins Foundation’s impact by Deb Deasy: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4647534-74/hockey-rink-dek#axzz2egVelzCA
OK, so now the Groups for training camp (numbers in parentheses):
Martin (7), Kobasew (12), Sutter (16), Jeffrey (17), D’Agostini (22), Conner (23), Mikkelson (24), Fleury (29), Leblond (32), Jokinen (36), Zolnierczyk (39), Drazenovic (40), Orpik (44), Gibbons (49), Pouliot (51), Ruopp (52), McNeill (53), Marcantuoni (61), Jarry (70)
Scuderi (4), Harrington (6), Dumoulin (8), Dupuis (9), Dupuis (9), Glass (10), Kunitz (14), Adams (27), MacIntyre (33), Kostopoulos (34), Vitale (46), D’Agostino (56), Thompson (57), Letang (58), Megna (59), Murray (60), Seymour (64), Crosby (87), Vokoun (92)
Niskanen (2), Maatta (3), Engelland (5), Neal (18), Bennett (19), Ebbett (25), Hartzell (31), Zatkoff (37), Sill (38), Bortuzzo (41), Farnham (42), Payerl (45), Despres (47), Uher (48), Kuhnhackl (54), Samuelsson (55), Malkin (71), Dea (74)