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Dan’s Daily: Penguins Camp Updates, Auston Matthews to Be Highest-Paid Player?



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Today is a first, at least in Mike Sullivan’s Pittsburgh Penguins tenure, if not the organization’s history. The Penguins will play a split-squad game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, beginning today a 1 p.m at PPG Paints Arena and tonight at Nationwide Arena at 7. Sullivan will try to attend both while his assistants take over the benches. In other hockey news, Jeff Carter was injured during the Penguins’ scrimmage on Saturday, Auston Matthews should become the highest-paid player in the league, the Boston Bruins are bringing a big-name defenseman to camp on a PTO, Gabe Landeskog won’t be ready for the season “anytime soon,” and John Tortorella is already pushing buttons in Philadelphia.

PHN will also cover both Penguins’ games today, although I won’t be doing both. I drew the short straw and am headed to Columbus, but a late-night trip back from Ohio does mean one thing: White Castle! I get abnormally excited about the worst foods — White Castle, Little Caesars, and greasy little hot dog joints. I have to skip Final Word tonight for Columbus, so I suppose my makeup drawer will last a while longer.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jeff Carter suffered an upper-body injury, and who looked good in the scrimmage? Day 3 notebook from the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp.

Who has been my standout (with a realistic chance to make the team) so far? That is an easy question. Here’s why it is Drake Caggiula.

PHN+: The Penguins’ penalty killing faltered at the end of last season. Dave Molinari had a chat with the man in charge, Mike Vellucci. The goal remains the same, but there are new opportunities and new faces for the Penguins’ penalty kill.

Draftkings: No-Brainer offers to get juiced for the NFL on a non-Steelers Sunday. DraftKings promo.

Sidenote, I hate Thursday Night Football almost as much as the players d.

Steelers Now: Najee Harris just spilled the beans on the Steelers‘ offense.

Pittsburgh Baseball Now: Johan Oviedo tossed seven sparking innings and — and — wait for it — wait for it — the Pittsburgh Pirates won!

NHL News & National Hockey Now

Sportsnet: Nathan MacKinnon supplanted Connor McDavid as the highest-paid NHL player. Next summer, that title should transfer to “next up” Auston Matthews.

Philly Hockey Now: Without Sean Couturier for quite a while, the Flyers are in a bad way. Head coach John Tortorella already said he wanted more out of Kevin Hayes, and now he’s pushing Hayes further. Philadelphia Flyers camp.

Calgary Hockey Now: The anti-NHL trade rumor. A source tells us that Noah Hanifin is not being shopped. Get the latest on the Calgary Flames defenseman.

Boston Hockey Now: Anton Stralman accepted a late PTO. Where does he fit with the Boston Bruins?

Washington: Goalie Charlie Lindgren is getting his big chance. He says, “trust me,” to the Washington Capitals.

Florida Hockey Now: Together again. They’re two of a kind. Together … Former Flames teammates Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk are paired (again) with the Florida Panthers.

Dallas Hockey Now: Tyler Seguin has come under fire from his owner for soaking up cap space but not tearing up the score sheet. Seguin says he’s back to being his old self. Really? Dallas Stars training camp.

Colorado Hockey Now: Gabriel Landeskog won’t be ready to begin the season. Colorado Avalanche injuries.

San Jose Hockey Now: The five things the San Jose Sharks must do to make the playoffs.

Detroit Hockey Now: Jakub Vrana can score. And the Detroit Red Wings need MORE.

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