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Notebook: Lemieux to play more in preseason

| Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005

Preseason games aren't usually Mario Lemieux's thing. "It's been, what, five, six years?" he said Wednesday morning. But it's been more than a year since he played in the World Cup of Hockey, and almost 23 months since he last played an NHL game. Hence, Lemieux's participation in last night's game and likely several more exhibitions before the regular-season opener Oct. 5 against the New Jersey Devils. "I'm anxious to get out there and see how quick these guys are and really get a feel for the game," said Lemieux, who will turn 40 the same day the Penguins open the season.

  • Left wing Daniel Carcillo played in his second preseason game last night on a line with Erik Christensen at center and Colby Armstrong on the right. Carcillo was the only one of the three who played in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, but he got only eight shifts for a total of 4:27 minutes. "The other night, it took me a while to get him in the lineup just because of all the power plays and penalty kills," coach Eddie Olczyk said. "But the more ice time he got, he did a lot of good things. He's a guy who brings energy. He needs to play a certain way in order to play, and we wanted to get another look at him. He didn't get a fair chance, and we felt (last night) was a good opportunity." Carcillo, 5-foot-11 and 202 pounds, sent Boston defenseman Milan Jurcina, 6-4 and 233 pounds, to the ice with a big hit on his first shift of the game, drawing a roar from the Wachovia Arena crowd.

  • Olczyk said he had no timetable for further cuts. The Penguins have made only one round of cuts so far, returning six players to their junior teams and releasing one. There are still 58 players in camp -- 32 forwards, 21 defensemen and five goaltenders.

  • Bridgeville forward Steve Preite, who played with the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League last season, signed with the Memphis River Kings of the Central Hockey League yesterday. The River Kings are affiliated with the New York Rangers.

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