(Editor's note, yes we spelled Sterling's first name wrong. When he makes the team we'll call him by the right name.)
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It's crazy. As soon as the month of September flips to its 15th day, there's an extra bounce in your step. You can really start to feel the buzz around the beginning of hockey season. Feels so good.
"I kind of see Brett Sterling as a guy who has that ability maybe score goals with [Evgeni] Malkin or a [Sidney] Crosby, in that kind of position. He's going to get a chance to do that in training camp, to see if he can be that kind of player."–HCDB
Just kidding. There's hardly anything interesting about this camp. When Ben Lovejoy's name is mentioned in regard to one of the biggest training-camp battles, it isn't interesting. Don't get us wrong; it's gonna be great watching three or four guys compete for NHL roster spots. But compared to other teams, the Penguins' question marks are few and far between.
When Gagne was traded to Tampa Bay, that number belonged to Ryan Malone. Gagne was willing to transpose the numbers and wear No.21. But after Malone spoke with head equipment manager Ray Thill following the trade, Malone said he was willing to give the jersey number to Gagne.
"Just to see that act from a player that I played against for so many years, but never really met, it just shows the class of the guy,'' Gagne said of Malone. "I hear a lot of great things about him, and just by giving No.12 away shows what kind of a person he is.''
Malone, who will wear No.6 this season, didn't ask for anything from Gagne in return for giving up his number, although Gagne said a meal on the road at some point during the season is on his list of things to pay back the favor.
"I said we're happy to have him on the team," Malone said. "He's done some great things with that number and it was time for a change for myself, I thought, so it was no problem at all. I just said with open arms, 'Come join the team,' so it was no problem at all."