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Penguins make first round of cuts - 09-24-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The Penguins cut 18 players from their training camp roster today.

Players assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League include goaltenders Matt Murray, Eric Hartzell, forwards Scott Wilson, Josh Archibald, Anton Zlobin, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Matia Marcantuoni, Tom Kuhnhackl, Adam Payerl (right), Bryan Rust, Nick Drazenovic, defensemen Nick D’Agostino and Harrison Ruopp.

Forwards Tom Kostopoulos, Conor Sheary as well as defensemen Alex Boak and Clark Seymour were released from their tryout contracts and will report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s training camp.

Goaltender Tristan Jarry was returned to his junior team, the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings.

Those cuts leave the NHL Penguins with 37 players.

-EN Says: Payerl being cut early is the only even menially surprising name listed. Considering he has size (6-foot-3, 218 pounds) and had a brief cup of coffee last season, one would figure he would have gotten a longer look. That said, he did take an early hooking penalty in last night's preseason game. While that wasn't likely a deciding factor, it didn't help his case.

 

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Harrisburg rolls on

Philip Williams, right, accompanied by attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. walks to a police station Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Philadelphia. Williams, Kevin Harrigan and Katherine Knott are being charged with conspiracy, aggravated and simple assault, and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 11 beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter in...

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Empty Netter Assists - 09-24-14

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Penguins

-Thomas Greiss (above, with Columbus' Kerby Rychel) made 26 saves for the Penguins in a 2-0 preseason loss to the Blue Jackets.

-Marcel Goc fended off Columbus' Sean Collins for this puck:

-What is Zach Sill's place on a team loaded at the center position?

-Beau Bennett isn't thinking about his wrist any more.

-“I just want to go play, go win. What’s going to happen is what’s going to happen. I’m not worried too much about it.” - Marc-Andre Fleury on his status as an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

-What are the chances Brian Dumoulin or Scott Harrington could make the NHL roster?

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Chris Kunitz speaks:

-The Wild is expected to to start goaltender Darcy Kuemper in Thursday's preseason game against the Penguins. He is expected to play the first two periods while Ilya Bryzgalov will play the third period.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Tomas Surovy. A fourth-round pick in 2001, Surovy spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2002-03, Surovy appeared in 26 games and scored 11 points. He followed that up in 2003-04 by playing in 47 games and scoring 23 points. Following the 2004-05 lockout, Surovy set career highs in games (53) and points (23) in 2005-06. He joined Lulea in Sweden in the 2006 offseason. In 126 games with the Penguins, Surovy scored 59 points. He is currently a member of HC Slovan Bratislava of Russia's KHL.

-After the Jump: A bad break - literally - for Jordan Staal.

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Bike Lanes

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I support anything we can do to make Pittsburgh a bike-friendly city, especially if we want to attract young people and the progressive companies that employ them. More commuters biking to work will mean reductions in cars and pollution downtown and might just improve the overall health of our citizens. What's not to like? 

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Ferlo: 'I'm gay. Get over it.

State Sen. Jim Ferlo

There will be a time – perhaps soon – when an announcement like the one state Sen. Jim Ferlo made in Harrisburg this morning won't be news.

Mr. Ferlo, D-Highland Park, took a moment during a Capitol news conference Tuesday morning to formally – and matter-of-factly – announce that he is gay . Mr. Ferlo said hadn't planned to...

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