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Penguins notebook: Defenseman Eaton practicing, hoping to stick around

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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
 

Two former members of the Penguins' 2009 Stanley Cup team — Max Talbot and Ruslan Fedotenko, now with Philadelphia — participated in the Penguins-Flyers game Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

Another former teammate would like to play in future contests.

Defenseman Mark Eaton, who still is looking for NHL work, skated with the Penguins on Wednesday morning.

Eaton does not have a contract with the Penguins — he played six recent games with the team's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre — but he has been invited to practice for the next few days in a tryout format.

“Hopefully I can end up here,” Eaton said. “That's the long-term goal.”

Eaton was defense partners with Kris Letang when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in Detroit. He left following the 2009-10 season and played two injury-plagued campaigns with the Islanders.

• The Penguins have endured a rough schedule so far but nothing like what the Flyers have experienced. Wednesday marked the sixth time the team has played back to back games. The Flyers play again Thursday in Philadelphia against Florida. Of the 12 games in the series of consecutive contests, 10 have been played away from Philadelphia.

• Former Penguins forward Max Talbot entered Wednesday's game in a funk. After registering a career-high 19 goals in his first season with the Flyers, Talbot did not score in his first 17 games this season. Making matters worse, Talbot was minus-4, the worst mark among Flyers forwards.

• The Flyers played without right wing Scott Hartnell, who has been out four weeks with a broken foot. He met with physicians in Philadelphia on Wednesday and could be back in the lineup within a week.

• With the exception of Tomas Vokoun in goal, the Penguins used the same lineup as Sunday in Buffalo. Defenseman Simon Despres was once again a healthy scratch.

• Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli watched Wednesday's game from the Consol Energy Center press box.

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