Bennett leaves practice with an apparent knee injury.
Bennett was injured when he fell awkwardly during a drill at Penguins' practice this morning. Bennett has had a difficult time staying healthy in his career, which has limited his fantasy value. He will be evaluated on Saturday where a further update should be available.
Malkin (undisclosed) will not participate in the early part of training camp.
Malkin missed his second straight day of training camp on Friday, but he is expected to be ready to go for the start of the season. The Penguins announced on Thursday that Malkin is only dealing with a minor injury.
Crosby (undisclosed) returned to training camp on Friday after missing Thursday's practice.
The Penguins announced on Thursday that he would be held out of the early portion of camp as a precautionary measure as he recovers from a minor undisclosed injury. Crosby is coming off of his healthiest season in four years, so it is a great sign to see him back on the ice right away. The injury is reportedly not related to the wrist injury he decided not to get surgery on this summer.
The Penguins have re-signed forward Brandon Sutter to a two-year contract worth $6.6 million.
Sutter, 25, is coming off his best playoff performance to date. He set new career highs in goals (5), assists (2), points (7), shorthanded goals (1) and plus/minus (+7), while his 2:57 average shorthanded time on ice per game ranked second among all Pittsburgh forwards. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sutter suited up for 81 of Pittsburgh’s 82 games in 2013-14, tallying 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points. Sutter played a vital role in the NHL’s No. 5-ranked penalty kill unit (85%), placing second among all Pittsburgh forwards with 2:18 shorthanded minutes per game.
The Penguins and Nick Spaling avoid arbitration hearing agreeing on two-year, $4.4 million deal.
Spaling, 25, was a restricted free-agent who came over with Patric Hornqvist from Nashville in the James Neal trade. He had 13 goals and 19 assists (32 points) in 71 games with the Predators last season. With the Preds, Spaling played on both the power-play and penalty-kill, but will likely see a reduced offensive role on a talented Penguins team.
The Penguins have signed Simon Despres to a two-year deal worth $1.8 million.
Despres, 22, split his time between the NHL and AHL in 2013-14. He had five assists in 34 games with the Penguins and 23 points (6G / 17A) in 36 contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Despres will battle Robert Bortuzzo for the Penguins sixth D slot in 2014-15.
Dupuis skated on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery.
Dupuis had knee surgery on February to repair a torn ACL he suffered on December 23 vs. the Senators. Dupuis has not been cleared for contact, but this is a positive step in his rehab and should be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season. Dupuis had 20 points (7G / 13A) in 39 games before getting hurt and should land on the Penguins top-line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz this season. Playing with Crosby is certain to help the 35-year-old produce and a 20-goal, 50-point season should be more than attainable.
Crosby may undergo wrist surgery in the offseason.
"Sidney Crosby has been undergoing treatment on a right wrist injury that he suffered during the season," general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "Sid is getting medical advice to determine the best path moving forward, including the possibility of arthroscopic surgery. No final decision has been made on surgery at this point. We expect to have a decision by early next week." After leading the League in scoring during the regular season (36 goals, 68 assists), Crosby had one goal and eight points in 13 playoff games.
The Penguins have signed Steve Downie to a one-year, $1 million dollar deal.
Downie scored four goals with 20 assists and 106 penalty minutes in 62 games between the Avalanche and the Flyers. Downie battled a number of injuries including a concussion in 2013-14, so the Penguins take nearly no risk by signing him to a one-year, million dollar contract.
The Penguins signed Taylor Chorney to a one-year deal worth $550K.
Chorney had five goals and 20 assists (25 points) in 69 games on the Chicago (AHL) blueline last season. He has seven career points in 61 NHL games. Taylor is the son of former Penguins defenseman Marc Chorney.
The Penguins have resigned Nick Drazenovic to a one-year deal worth $550K.
Drazenovic, 27, played the majority of the 2013-14 regular-season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). He also suited up for one regular-season game with Pittsburgh. The 6-foot, 192-pound Drazenovic finished the regular season ranked second on WBS in both assists (29) and points (42). He added four points (1G-3A) in nine AHL playoff games.
The Penguins have re-signed Marcel Goc to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.
Goc was limited to just 12 games because of a foot injury, but his two-way game and ability in the face-off circle has the Penguins bringing him back for a full season. Goc finished last season with 25 points (11G / 14A) in 74 games.
The Penguins have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a one-year deal worth $1 million.
Greiss, 28, was 10-8-5 with a 2.29 GAA and .920 SV% as the Coyotes back-up to Mike Smith. Smith went down with injury and Greiss stepped in and played well like he had all season. He will be a strong spot-start option again this season as he goes to a strong Penguins squad.