Penguins make their cuts….

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they have reduced their roster to 22 players for the start of the NHL season, with a bit of a shake-up on what was originally expected.

The Penguins sent all of Mike Weaver, Kristopher Letang, Ryan Stone, Jonathan Filewich, and late recall Jeff Taffe to their AHL club, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They also announced the signing of Adam Hall to a one-year two-way contract, officially ending the tryout with the club.

The 22 player roster for opening night is as follows:

Sidney Crosby (C)
Mark Recchi (A)
Evgeni Malkin
Colby Armstrong
Erik Christensen
Georges Laraque
Ryan Malone
Gary Roberts
Jarkko Ruutu
Jordan Staal
Petr Sykora
Maxime Talbot
Adam Hall

Sergei Gonchar (A)
Mark Eaton
Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi
Darryl Sydor
Ryan Whitney
Alain Nasreddine

Marc-André Fleury
Dany Sabourin

Therrien has been unhappy with his defense, and scratching Letang and replacing Sydor from the top pairing on the last pre-season game against Buffalo apparently had the writing on the wall. In that game the defensive pairings were Gonchar/Eaton, Whitney/Orpki, Sydor/Scuderi