EN reader Cara Cassella went to training camp today and sent us a brief report on yesterday's events as well as a few photos:
"Apparently Kevin Veilleux is trying to become the next coach killer... um I mean Jaromir Jagr. He totally took out Michel Therrien's skates, Therrien fell, left the ice immediately and returned later miraculously able to use plurals. Also Janne Pesonen was not wearing his gold helmet but was sporting an awesome fluorescent green mouth guard. The white team (Sidney Crosby's) won, 2-0. A fun time was had by all. After I was this close to getting Sid's autograph but the idiots around me rushed his car and slammed into it. He got mad and left. I can't blame him though that was just rude. Oh, and rest assured the Dunkin Donuts logo is still there."
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Mark Eaton should avoid operating large machinery.
-Evgeni Malkin liked Petr Sykora's goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final just as much as you did.
-Kris Beech is happy to be back in Pittsburgh.
-Ryan Stone and Jonathan Filewich didn't play in yesterday's scrimmage.
-Dave Gove is trying to impress Penguins management.
-Faceoff-Factor has a report on Day 2 of camp.
-Fighting has been banned in camp.
-EN Reader Jackie Wise spotted this music video devoted to Sidney Crosby:
Former Penguins forward Matthew Barnaby will replace Barry Melrose for ESPN's two minutes of monthly hockey coverage.
-Former Penguins goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin signed a one-year deal with the Flyers. With backup goaltender Antero Niittymaki dealing with hip issues, the Flyers needed some depth at the position.
-The median household income of Pominville just went up by $26.5 million. The Sabres signed forward Jason Pominville signed a five-year deal.
-The Panthers will bring defenseman Jassen Cullimore to camp on a tryout basis.
-Personalized license plates for Capitals fans are available in Maryland and Virginia. We assume once you purchase them, you can sell them to Penguins fans for marked up prices and complain when someone calls you out on it. (Kudos to EN commenter G-Man for the find.)
-As shocking as it might seem, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin doesn't put a lot of thought into his hair care.
-With Justin Williams on the shelf with a leg injury, the Hurricanes might have to turn to Jeff O'Neill to replace some of Williams' offense.
-Blues defenseman Erik Johnson hurt his knee while golfing. What is it about hockey players getting hurt on golf courses?
-Even with Marian Hossa in town, Red Wings forward Dan Cleary doesn't expect his playing time to decline.
-With some encouragement from Jaromir Jagr, assistant coach Wayne Fleming has agreed to coach Jagr's team in the KHL, Avangard Omsk.
-Stars defenseman and former Penguin Sergei Zubov is dealing with a hip injury.