Penguins cut 14
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The Penguins made 14 roster cuts today, leaving 29 players in training camp.
Most were reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. They are forwards Wade Brookbank, Luca Caputi, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Johnson, Konstantin Pushkarev, Wyatt Smith, Eric Tangradi, Joe Vitale and Tim Wallace; defensemen Robert Bortuzzo, Jonathan D'Aversa and Chris Lee; and goaltender Brad Thiessen.
Defenseman Simon Despres, the Penguins' first-round draft pick this year, was returned to his junior team, Saint John.
Among those still competing for a roster spot are forwards Ryan Bayda, Paul Bissonnette and Chris Conner, and defensemen Deryk Engelland, Nate Guenin and Ben Lovejoy.
Goaltender Brent Johnson and Lovejoy, who were injured Tuesday night during a preseason game in Toronto, did not practice today.
Meanwhile, the Penguins' home and season opener, Oct. 2 against the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena, has sold out. The team that night will celebrate its Stanley Cup victory and raise its championship banner in a pregame ceremony.
First Published September 23, 2009 12:52 pm