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Pittsburgh: City of Champions and inclement weather, which is more scary than inclement. Anyway, a few days have passed since the last blog update – apparently, Team Trib can’t hand me enough special Stanley Cup sections to work on – so I’ll take on some post-Game 7 notes at the end of this rambling mess:


So, Red Wings centers Kris Draper and Henrik Zetterberg have a long way to go before reaching the level of sore-loserness that runs rampant among Washington Capitals. Check out this update from guru Pierre LeBrun::


Ah, those Paranoid Androids in D.C. – can’t tell you how I miss being around them.


I’m just getting around to draft prep, but some fellow beat scribes tell me they are hearing what I’ve heard from some Penguins front-office personnel. Expect a lot of action via trades in Montreal next weekend.

As one writer said, “None of these GMs know what the salary cap is going to be in 2010, and that has a lot of them worried enough to start dumping expensive players early. Mine tells me it’s going to be something to see, this draft, but I have a feeling we’ll be writing a lot about trades.”

All I can say about that is don’t expect Penguins GM Ray Shero to be interested in moving components of his core.


The Penguins are the first team in NHL history to win two best-of-seven playoff series in one postseason that they trailed, 2-0, after opening losses on the road.

I’ve had a couple of days to consider what I covered on this Cup run, and I’m having a hard time thinking of a more impressive postseason dash by any team in any sport. The Penguins played 13 of 14 possible games against their two top conference rivalries (the Flyers and Capitals), swept a Carolina club that had bounced the top conference seed (Boston), and won four of five from the defending champions after going down, 2-0.

Oh, and they closed every series on the road – and they played most of Game 7 in the Final without their captain and, arguably, best player, C Sidney Crosby.

If anybody can think of a better run by a playoff team, I’m all eyes: via e-mail.




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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