This is all based on a player not playing out of his mind or being terrible the next couple weeks.
I'm going to throw out a few assumptions:
1. Shero didn't resign Bort to a 2 year deal to lose him for nothing on waivers
2. Shero won't trade players for the sake of trading
3. Pens are only going to carry 13 forwards and 7 blue liners (like normal)
If there were to be no trades before end of camp number 3 above means that someone it out between Depres, Bort, Engo, and Nisky.
Your options would be waive Engo or demote Despres.
I don't think Despres getting top pairing (23-25) minutes a night in WBS to start the year is a bad thing. Better than having him or Bort getting no playing time in the press box. There will be injuries (letang/martin/orpik) (or trades) at some point during the season. I don't know what it would take for Kobasew to sign. Being on a PTO, I would think we could sign him for league min or so.
With the 3 assumptions above:
Chris Kunitz ($3.725m) / Sidney Crosby ($8.700m) / Pascal Dupuis ($3.750m)
Beau Bennett ($0.900m) / Evgeni Malkin ($8.700m) / James Neal ($5.000m)
Matt D'Agostini ($0.550m) / Brandon Sutter ($2.067m) / Jussi Jokinen ($2.100m)
Craig Adams ($0.700m) / Dustin Jeffrey ($0.625m) / Chuck Kobasew ($0.600m)
Joe Vitale ($0.550m) /
Paul Martin ($5.000m) / Brooks Orpik ($3.750m)
Kris Letang ($3.500m) / Rob Scuderi ($3.375m)
Matt Niskanen ($2.300m) / Robert Bortuzzo ($0.600m)
Deryk Engelland ($0.567m)
Marc-Andre Fleury ($5.000m)
Tomas Vokoun ($2.000m)
Buried: Tanner Glass ($0.175m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,233,333; BONUSES: $0
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $66,667