A little after 10 this morning, David Perron began skating on a line with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel during the Penguins’ morning skate before an exhibition game tonight with Detroit at Consol Energy Center.
Within seconds, I got two tweets. Tyler said it’s about time. John said it sounds like a video game line.
So just know whichever position you take – that Perron is the no-brainer choice for the left wing spot with Crosby and Kessel or that other candidates, perhaps Chris Kunitz, are better suited for the role – there are others taking the opposite view.
Johnston, meanwhile, I don’t know. Seemed a little less excited about it than Perron did.
“We want to see David in a situation where he’s playing his off wing. We know he can play there. Just put him in that spot. We’ve had Kuni there for a couple games. Last few games here, we’re just trying to experiment to get things set in our mind as to how we want to start the season.”
— The Penguins have put LW Dominik Uher, C Kael Mouillierat, D Steve Oleksy, D Reid McNeill and D Will O’Neill on waivers in preparation for the first large round of cuts this preseason.
The following players would need waivers to be sent down, so the fact that they’re not on waivers today means they’ve survived the cut for now: D Adam Clendening, D Tim Erixon, D David Warsofsky, LW Bobby Farnham, LW Tom Kuhnhackl, C Kevin Porter.
— Here’s the whole lineup from morning skate. With the team in the middle of a three in three, and if last night is any indication, there could easily be some changes to this before the game tonight:
— A video broadcast of tonight’s game will be streamed on the team’s website.
— Johnston’s thoughts on Sergei Gonchar and Derrick Pouliot, both in the lineup tonight, both of whom have had ups and downs in camp:
“A lot of times when we look at players in training camp, we tend to dwell on the weaknesses and say, ‘What do we need to see?’ But a lot of players, like Gonch or like Pouliot, who we were talking about the other day, we need to see their strengths come out. Their strengths in puck movement, passing the puck, good puck movement, quarterbacking the power play, taking charge of the power play. Then they try to work on areas of their game that we’ve talked to them about during training camp. For all those players who are sort of vying for positions, they’ve got to continue to progress.”
— With two exhibition games left, many Penguins players are getting into dress-rehearsal mode. That’s not necessarily the case for center Nick Bonino, who missed about a week with an illness.
“Last game, I was tired for a good amount,” Bonino said. “I think in the second and third, I got my legs a little more. Hopefully tonight it’ll go a little better. Have a little better lungs.”
— Johnston said Eric Fehr (elbow) is still weeks away.
“I think his shot is still 40, 50 percent. It’s still a ways to go. Everything else he’s doing out there – his skating, his puck-handling – it’s at the level he would want it at.”
Bye for now,