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Penguins trim roster to 34

Karen Price

The Penguins reduced the training camp roster to a total of 34 players Wednesday, assigning seven players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and one to juniors.

Forwards Tomas Surovy, Guillaume Lefebvre, Michal Sivek, Toby Petersen, Shane Endicott and Matt Hussey and defenseman Brendan Buckley were sent to Wilkes-Barre of the AHL following yesterday’s practices, and defenseman Paul Bissonnette was returned to Saginaw of the OHL.

“Some of the players were very emotional, and some players were very understanding and know what they have to do,” coach Eddie Olczyk said. “People can argue with the decisions we’ve made, but we feel at this particular time that the guys we sent to Wilkes-Barre, it’s what needs to be done.”

Surovy, Lefebvre and Sivek all saw time with the Penguins last season. Bissonnette, 18, was perhaps the biggest surprise of training camp, staying on a week after most junior players were returned.

“(Bissonnette) had the demeanor and the mind-set of he wanted to be here,” Olczyk said. “And that bodes well for us for the future. There’s no reason why this kid shouldn’t go down to juniors and be a force and play on the World Junior Team.”

The Penguins are left with 19 forwards, 11 defenseman and four goaltenders.

  • Notes: Olczyk gave only a hint yesterday when asked if Mario Lemieux would play in an exhibition game this weekend, perhaps Friday at Mellon Arena. “I think we’ll be able to better make a comment on that (today),” Olczyk said.


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