-"It's unbelievable for me because we will be playing at home. It might be the one time in my life." - Evgeni Malkin (above) on the upcoming Olympics being held in Russia.
-Bobby Farnham is fearless.
-Welcome back Tom Kostopoulos.
-"I think I had a different mentality because I wasn't a superstar talent. I wasn't shooting right to the top. I never did. I always had the thought that it was going to be more of a journey for me than a straight shot. I thought it served me well." - Rob Scuderi on making it in the NHL.
-Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals during a scrimmage yesterday.
-Fleury's scrimmage was bad ... but it wasn't that bad:
Fleury speaks with new goaltending coach Mike Baes:
-Dan Bylsma wheels around:
-Sidney Crosby pleads with Kris Letang to get a hair cut:
-Penguins executive Bill Guerin will drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff at the Johnstown Tomahawk's home opener Sept. 14.
-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins forward Scott Gruhl. A free agent signing during the 1987-88 season, Gruhl's Penguins career amounted to, six games and one goal that campaign. The first player in franchise history to wear No. 38, Gruhl was released in the 1988 offseason.
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-With defenseman Joni Pitkanen sidelined the entire season due to a heel injury, the Hurricanes signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey (right) to a one-year contract worth $2 million. Coming off a contract with a salary cap hit worth $4.5 million, Hainsey, 32, appeared in 47 games last season with the Jets and recorded 13 assists.
-EN Says: Hainsey will never replace what Pitkanen offers in terms of moving the puck, but he's a steady, reliable defensive player who can log significant minutes.
-Hurricanes captain Eric Staal is fully recovered from a dangerous knee injury suffered in this past spring's IIHF World Championships.
-Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr cut his first day of training camp short due to "soreness."
-"Last week, I felt like the first day of school, first day of high school -- something like that, where you don'treally know anybody." - Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier on joining Philadelphia after spending the first 14 years of his career with the Lightning.
-Capitals forward Brooks Laich is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.
-The Islanders will wear a patch for their first preseason game at Brooklyn's Barclays Center:
-They will move to that facility full time for the 2014-15 season.
-The Red Wings re-signed unrestricted free agent Dan Cleary to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. Coming off a contract with salary cap hit of $2.8 million, Cleary, 34, appeared in 48 games last season and scored 15 points (nine goals, six assists). Cleary's contract comes a few days after he agreed to a three-year deal with the Flyers but reneged.
-EN Says: Considering Cleary's agreement with the Flyers would have paid him in excess of $3 million a season, it's a testament to the culture the Red Wings have grown within their organization that Cleary would take a smaller contract in terms of length and money. He's definitely on the back nine of his career at this point. A small one-year deal is fair value.
-“I just followed my heart and I just wanted to be happy. I said it a few days ago, there’s nothing like being a Red Wing, and I mean that.'' - Cleary.
-Panthers captain/defenseman Ed Jovanovski (right) is back practicing for the first time since recovering from a career-threatening hip injury.
-Canadiens forward George Parros, a native of Washington, Pa., is still recovering from offseason rotator cuff surgery.
-Who will replace forward Daniel Alfredsson as the Senators' captain?
-Maple Leafs forwards Joffrey Lupul (back) and Colton Orr (leg) are sidelined due to injuries.
-Who is the Lightning's No. 1 goaltender? Ben Bishop or Anders Lindback?
-Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa has recovered from a back injury which caused foot numbness during last season's playoffs.
-Can Wild forward Dany Heatley regain the form that made him an all-star?
-"I think it's the most narcissistic thing I have ever seen, Twitter. I am not going to handcuff them and treat them like little kids. There better be no information come out of the locker-room with that damn Twitter. It’s nothing but trouble to me.” - Canucks coach John Tortorella (right) on social media.
-Who will replaced Jarome Iginla as the Flames' captain?
-Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.
-Former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy skated on a line with captain Joe Thornton and Brent Burns on the first day of the Sharks' training camp.
(Photos: Penguins training camp-Keith Srakocic/Associated Press; Hainsey-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Jovanovski-Jana Chytilova/Freestyle; Tortorella-Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)