Jordan Staal Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy once formed one of hockey's finest third lines.

Now that they're gone what remains? A new philosophy for starters.

Center Brandon Sutter is the only given to begin the season on the third line and no matter who plays with him the line likely will rely on finesse.

“The game has changed” newly acquired right wing Matt D'Agostini said. “The game is all about speed and skating.”

D'Agostini likely will be given an opportunity to play on the third line. He skated there Thursday with Sutter and left winger Jussi Jokinen.

Sutter and Jokinen have a history of playing together in Carolina but neither has a reputation of being physical like Cooke. And that's OK D'Agostini said.

“If you're playing well defensively and if you have a presence offensively” he said “then you're going to be fine on a third line. That's really all you need to do and I know that's something the guys here can do. You can be a good third line as long as you can skate get the puck behind the defense and go to work. If you've got the puck you're a good third line.”

There are several candidates to play on the third line. Sutter is a lock at center and it appears either Jokinen or Beau Bennett will play on his left side.

Right wing is up in the air.

Winger Tanner Glass one of the few Penguins known for his physical style said he would welcome an opportunity. Besides D'Agostini Dustin Jeffrey Harry Zolnierczyk Adam Payerl and Jayson Megna could get a look and Joe Vitale and Craig Adams seem likely to begin on the fourth line.