-"It was a different atmosphere overall in the room when I got here. From day one ... I'm not sure how to describe it, what the difference was but it was a good feeling coming into the room. It was fun to come every day to practice." - Marcel Goc on signing with the Penguins.
-The Penguins released forwards Patrick McGrath (professional) and Christophe Lalancette (amateur) from their tryout contracts.
-Happy 81st birthday to former Penguins executive and coach Scotty Bowman (right). Hired as the team's director of player personnel in the 1990 offseason, Bowman was a member of the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1991. Following the death of head coach Bob Johnson, Bowman assumed the head coaching position and led the team to a 39-32-9 record, 87 points and a playoff berth. Going 16-5 in the playoffs, he led the Penguins to their second Stanley Cup championship. Bowman returned the next season and directed the team to its second Patrick Division title with a 56-21-7 record and 119 points, good enough to earn the franchise its only Presidents' Trophy as the league's best team in the regular season. In the playoffs, the Penguins beat the Devils in five games but were upset by the Islanders in seven games during the Patrick Division final. Bowman was replaced in the offseason by Eddie Johnston. In 164 games with the Penguins, Bowman had a regular season record of 95-53-16 and 206 points. His win total is fourth-most in franchise history. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991, Bowman is the NHL's all-time leader in coaching wins with 1,244. He currently a senior advisor of hockey operations for the Blackhawks.
-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Tom Chorske. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Chorske finished his 11-year NHL career by appearing in 33 games and scoring six points for the Penguins in 1999-2000. A thumb injury cut his season short and forced him to retire.
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-Blue Jackets president revealed three contract offers his team offered in contract negotiations with restricted free agent Ryan Johansen.
-Negotiations between the Senators and restricted free agent defenseman Marc Methot are getting testy.
-Bruins forward Reilly Smith, currently a restricted free agent, is not expected to be present for the start of his team's training camp.
-Panthers ownership shot down rumors of relocation.
-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Spencer Machacek will attend the Maple Leafs' training camp.
-“I feel like we are a legitimate contender to win the Stanley Cup. And I also am scared to death of missing the playoffs.” - Wild coach and former Penguins assistant Mike Yeo on the state of his team.
-The Wild will bring back goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to training camp on a tryout basis.
-The Sharks signed defenseman Justin Braun (right) to a five-year contract extension worth a total of $19 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.25 million, Braun's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.8 million. Appearing in 82 games last season, Braun, 23, scored 17 points (four goals, 13 assists).
-EN Says: Braun is a nice offensive player who has a solid shot and offers some size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds). Additionally, he's one of the Sharks' better possession players. He doesn't play all that physically and can make the occasional mistake but this is a fair contract for both parties.
-The Coyotes hired former Sabres coach Ron Rolston as a professional scout.
-The Oilers hired former Olympic figure skating champion David Pelletier as a skating coach.
-Flyers president Paul Holmgren and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy which recognizes contributions to hockey in the United States.
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