Penguins notebook: Roster trimmed to 29

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The Penguins are getting closer to setting their roster for the start of the regular season.

They trimmed it to 29 Thursday by assigning forwards Harry Zolnierczyk and Zach Sill and defenseman Brian Dumoulin to their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre.

General manager Ray Shero and his staff must have it down to 23 by Monday.

Zolnierczyk is on waivers and must clear them at noon today before he can join the Baby Penguins.

The 29 remaining players include 16 forwards, 10 defensemen and 3 goalies, one of whom is Tomas Vokoun.

He is out indefinitely after a procedure Saturday to remove a blood clot from his pelvis.

Coach Dan Bylsma has confirmed Vokoun will not be ready to play when the Penguins open the regular season Thursday against New Jersey at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins can seek long-term injury relief for his salary if Vokoun will miss more than 10 games and 24 days.

Two of the 10 defensemen still in camp are highly regarded prospects Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta, both of whom have junior eligibility remaining.

The Penguins also must comply with the NHL's salary-cap ceiling of $64.3 million, which likely will involve making a trade and/or assigning at least one player with a one-way contract to Wilkes-Barre.

The first $925,000 of a player's contract does not count against the parent team's cap total if he is sent to the minors.

Preseason wrap-up

The Penguins won their final two exhibition games to finish the preseason with a 3-2-1 record.

They scored 20 goals and allowed the same total, their power play converted 6 of 27 chances (22.2 percent) and their penaty-killers gave up five goals in 28 short-handed situations (82.1 percent).

Here are their leaders in individual categories:

• Games -- Chuck Kobasew and Dustin Jeffrey, 5.

• Goals -- Jussi Jokinen, 4.

• Assists -- Evgeni Malkin, 5.

• Points -- Chris Kunitz and Malkin, 5.

• Penalty minutes -- Robert Bortuzzo, 14.

• Shots -- James Neal, 21.

• Plus/minus -- Rob Scuderi, plus-4.

• Goals-against average -- Marc-Andre Fleury, 2.64.

• Save percentage -- Jeff Zatkoff, .889. (Eric Hartzell stopped all four shots he faced but played just 20 minutes).

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Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com or Twitter @MolinariPG.


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