-"I think you treat every camp as a tryout. It's a business. Nothing's given. Obviously, it's a little bit different if you have a contract, but you work as hard as you can. Guys are playing for spots in the lineup and different combinations." - Chuck Kobasew on attending the Penguins' training camp on a PTO (professional tryout).
-Simon Despres caught Sidney Crosby with a good hit in a scrimmage yesterday.
-So far, so good for Robert Bortuzzo in training camp.
-"I think it's a big spot in my career. At 25, 26 years old, you're getting out of being a prospect and getting into that sink-or-swim type spot. You have to prove yourself that you can be in the lineup every night or you might find yourself in a different organization. You have to carve out that spot and grab ahold of that spot." - Dustin Jeffrey (above) on his role with the organization.
-Beau Bennett and the great Joe Vitale are BFFs.
-Dan Bylsma speaks:
-Happy 63rd birthday to former Penguins forward and captain Orest Kindrachuk. Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with Tom Bladon and Ross Lonsberry in a trade which sent a first-round pick to the Flyers, Kindrachuk spent three seasons with the Penguins and served as the team's captain during that entire span. In 1978-79, Kindrachuk appeared in 79 games, led the team with 42 assists and scored 60 points, second-most on the team. In that spring's playoffs, Kindrachuk appeared in seven games and led the team with five points. He played in 52 games in 1979-80 and contributed 46 points. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1980-81. A back injury limited him to 13 games and 12 points. In the 1981 offseason, he joined the Capitals as a free agent. In 144 games with the Penguins, Kindrachuk scored 118 points, 71st-most in franchise history.
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-Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello clarified former Penguins captain/forward Jaromir Jagr's (right) ailment as "lower-body" soreness. Jagr will be held out of practice until he fully recovers.
-What exactly is injured defenseman Chris Pronger's status with the Flyers?
-Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon is expected to begin the season on long-term injured reserve as he recovers from post-concussion syndrome.
-New Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski, a free agent signing this offseason, has yet to report to training camp due to work visa issues.
-The Blue Jackets signed forward/enforcer Jared Boll to a three-year contract extension worth a total of $5.1 million. Entering the final season of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.05 million, Boll's new contract will have a cap hit of $1.7 million. Boll, 27, appeared in 43 games last season and scored six points (two goals, four assists) while recording 100 penalty minutes.
-"Long secret story. A fun trip with some guys on the team about four years ago and I guess I keep on going pretty strong. That’s all I’ll say about that.” - Canadiens defenseman and former Penguin Douglas Murray on the origin of his nickname, "Crankshaft."
-Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is dealing with a shoulder injury.
-The Maple Leafs returned forwards Connor Brown (Erie – OHL), Fabrice Herzog (Quebec – QMJHL), Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara – OHL), defenseman Matt Finn (Guelph – OHL) and goaltender Antoine Bibeau (PEI – OMJHL) to their junior teams and released forward Matt Rupert and defenseman Trevor Murphy from their amateur tryouts.
-The Senators are still trying to re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Jared Cowen.
-The Blues re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (right) to a seven-year contract worth a total of $45.5 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $3,166,666, Pietrangelo's new contract will have a cap hit of $6.5 million. In 47 games last season, Pietrangelo, 23, scored 24 points (five goals, 19 assists).
-EN Says: This will be a bargain for a player like Pietrangelo who has developed into a legit, No. 1 defenseman capable of playing in any situations. He can be relied on to move the puck on a power play and can also latch on to any opponent's top forward and shut him down. Pietrangelo isn't even close to reaching his considerable potential.
-“He’s going to get a full go here. This guy is a good player and we need a full evaluation on him. He came here to try out for a hockey club and we’re going to give him every go to make the team.” - Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock on former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney who is in St. Louis' training camp on a tryout basis.
-Blackhawks captain/forward Jonathan Toews is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.
-Chicago forward Patrick Kane is pretty good at stickhandling:
-Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi is looking after his nephew, Detroit forward prospect Tyler Bertuzzi, at the team's training camp.
-Former Penguins forward Chris Thorburn has emerged as a veteran leader with the Jets.
-“He’s very, very competitive, a good skater. Likes to shoot the puck. Just a real good solid player, that’s very competitive. Hopefully he’s going to be a nice addition to our line.” - Sharks captain/forward Joe Thornton on playing with former Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy.
-Stars forward Rich Peverly will be sidelined three weeks after undergoing surgery to correct and irregular heartbeat.
-In honor of their 20th anniversary season, the Ducks will wear their throwback retro purple Mighty Ducks jerseys ofr a home game against the Senators, Oct. 5.
(Photos: Jeffrey-Justin K. Aller/Getty Images; Jagr-Post-Gazette archives; Pietrangelo-Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)