Preseason to open with 3 at Consol

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A lot about the Penguins' 2011 preseason schedule is familiar.
For the second year in a row, there is a home-and-home with Chicago and Detroit. And a familiar face, former assistant Mike Yeo, will be back at Consol Energy Center for the third home game. He is the new coach of Minnesota.
There's also something novel among the six games -- a neutral-site date in Kansas City against Los Angeles.

Penguins preseason schedule

Sept. 21vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Sept. 22vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sept. 24vs. Minnesota, 3 p.m.
Sept. 27vs. Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
Sept. 30at Chicago, 8 p.m.
Oct. 2at Detroit, 4 p.m.

At one point when the Penguins were struggling to get their new arena built, ownership used a potential move to Kansas City as leverage. The Midwestern city is still looking for a marquee franchise to anchor its Sprint Center, but the Penguins visit will be a one-night appearance.

Kings CEO Tim Leiweke also is president of AEG, which runs the Sprint Center.
The exhibition schedule begins with three home games, opening Sept. 21 against Detroit, followed by Chicago the next night and Minnesota Sept. 24.

The first two games will be part of season ticket packages, with individual game tickets also going on sale to the general public. The game against the Wild will be in the afternoon and will be a free game for children. Details aren't yet available.
Then come three road games -- against the Kings Sept. 27 in Kansas City, Sept. 30 at Chicago and Oct. 2 at Detroit.

NOTE -- General manager Ray Shero did not respond to a request for comment on reports that the Penguins are on a short list of teams that might be interested in discussing a contract with right winger Jaromir Jagr and have been contacted by Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda. Shero said as recently as late last week that there had been no contact with anyone representing the 39-year-old who starred with the Penguins in the 1990s. Jagr played in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League the past three seasons.

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