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Penguins cut 14 players - 9-23-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins cut 14 players from their training camp roster.

Forwards Wade Brookbank, Luca Caputi, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Konstantin Pushkarev, Wyatt Smith, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale, Tim Wallace (above), defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Jonathan D’Aversa, Chris Lee and goaltender Brad Thiessen were demoted to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. The team returned defenseman Simon Despres, their first-round pick earlier this summer, to his junior team, the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

The moves leave the club with 16 forwards (not including the injured Maxime Talbot), nine defenemen and three goaltenders. It has until Sept. 30 to get the roster down to 23 players.

EN Says: No real surprises in terms of who was cut. Caputi and Tangradi have each looked ready for the NHL at times in camp, but the team doesn't really need them yet.

Those still competing for jobs include Ryan Bayda, Paul Bissonnette and Chris Conner, defensemen Deryk Engelland, Nate Guenin and Ben Lovejoy.

This certainly means the No. 7 defenseman spot is wide open between Engelland, Guenin and Lovejoy. Guenin looks like he has pulled ahead in that race if you ask us.

It is a tad surprising that the team is still taking a look at Bissonnette considering how one-dimensional his game is and that Eric Godard and Mike Rupp seem to fill that role already. Bissonette's an easy guy to root for, but it seems like Wallace could offer a bit more in terms of a four-line role.

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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