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Pens bring Kobasew to camp on PTO

Sep 11, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

Chuck Kobasew

The Pittsburgh Penguins have invited journeyman forward Chuck Kobasew to training camp on a professional try out, the club announced on Tuesday.

Kobasew, 31, spent last season in Colorado, scoring nine points in 37 games while averaging over 11 minutes per night.

A veteran of 10 NHL campaigns, Kobasew will be an interesting participant to watch at Pens camp.

In his prime, he was a 20-goal scorer that could log around 15 minutes a night and play on a second line in a pinch (his best season, the 2008-09 campaign in Boston, saw him score 21 goals and 42 points in 68 games for the B’s.)

In the later stages of his career, he’s morphed into more of a penalty-killing/checking type. He was fourth among all Avalanche forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game last year (1:46).

Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma has said there are two forward spots up for grabs this preseason, so it’s clear Kobasew is in attendance as more than a warm body. He’ll be pushing the likes of Joe Vitale, Tanner Glass and Matt D’Agostini for bottom-six minutes.

  1. modellforprez - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Dan Bylsma cannot get the most out of his team. Same with Mike Tomlin Although he doesnt have the Skill or depth he thinks he does on his team. But Clint Hurdle can bring the pirates back to life with mostly pitchers off the scrap heap Burnett liriano grilli Morton nobody wanted those dudes but hurdle made them winners. but the other two now thats a different story

    • claudegirwho - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      This isn’t football or baseball talk no one cares. Yeah that’s great that someone can transform a team that no one cares about and has had losing seasons for the last 20 years. No pressure whatsoever for any of those pitchers who couldn’t play in big markets. Awesome that their doing great for no one to watch. Do you expect bylsma to take a hit for them which they clearly didn’t want to do in the bruins series? Although you were probably watching pirates pre season at the time so you wouldn’t know.

    • hockey412 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      While I feel what you are saying, the Pirates have had the first overall pick for the past 87 years straight and drafted a RHP in each of those 87 years. They should eventually begin to turn things around, eh?

      Bylsma has struggled in the playoffs with the rest of the team – but he’s also endured some key injuries and kept the remaining pieces of the puzzle going.

    • f2maestro - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      @modellforprez – Please take your comparisons to HBT or PFT (no one wants to talk Baseball or ‘Football’ here). Comparing Dan Byslma to Mike Tomlin is ridiculous. Dan has proven he is a great coach by winning a Stanley Cup & appearing in another and has proven he can get the most out of his players. He’s going to be the head coach for USA in the Olympics. A coach who struggles to get the most of his players SURELY would not have been elected to such a position.

      I will agree slightly that Dan didn’t get the most out of his team versus Boston in the Conference Finals this past season, but I don’t see how that can be solely blamed on him (I’m assuming that’s where the basis of your argument stems?) seeing is how the star players the Penguins are built around didn’t show up either.

      I don’t know how you can argue that the Penguins don’t have depth (see Wilkes-Barre).

    • claudegirwho - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      He’s drinking the pirate kool-aide. This is the year for sure!!!!!! Said since ’92

  2. jpelle82 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    pens could always use some more depth grit guys but i dont expect too much to come from this

  3. hockey412 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Kobasew and any other depth guys that can actually score are more than welcome. Need to see this Payerl kid come up too.

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