We're down to 29 players in camp. The maximum is 23, and the Pens have to be there by September 30th.
There are 17 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goalies.
So who is left?
First off, two of the forwards are injured - Talbot and Lestestsu.
You have to think the Pens will keep 13 (maybe 14) forwards. This is how I see them breaking down:
Kunitz - Crosby - Guerin
Fedotenko - Malkin - Kennedy
Cooke - Staal - Dupuis
Rupp - Adams - Godard
Bayda - Bissonnette - Conner
I think two of those guys in the 5th group will stay. If I had to guess, I'll say Bayda stays for sure and Conner probably stays.
Your top 6 are (pairing not exact, to be sure):
Gonchar - Orpik
Eaton - Letang
McKee - Goligoski
Competing for the 7th defense spot are Engelland, Lovejoy and Guenin. I think Guenin stays.
Curry is only here until they see if Johnson is hurt seriously.
Here's the other consideration - the Pens only have a little over $1.6 million left under the cap, and only the top 12 forwards plus the top 6 defense are in that number. Anyone they sign needs to be willing to play for the league minimum. Having said that, the only guy that might want more than that would be Bayda, given that he played over 70 games last year with Carolina.
The roster is finally shaping up. It's pretty much what we thought, and as cool as it would be to see Caputi or Tangradi here, I think it's a good thing to let those guys learn and play regularly in Wilkes-Barre. We'll need them in Pittsburgh soon enough.