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Back at it, and some belated thanks.


Greetings, dear readers, from Consol Energy Center, where C EVGENI MALKINhas returned to practice. He has skated during the session on a fourth-line slot. He hasn’t played since Jan. 18, because of a sore left knee and a sinus infection. C SIDNEY CROSBY (concussion) is not practicing. He is expected to miss a 10th straight game Tuesday at the New York Rangers.

= A personal note: My colleague Josh Yohe and I have tried to keep at “Chipped Ice” more this season than in campaigns past. We went dark last week, including nothing from the All-Star Game at Carolina. That was on me. My trip to Raleigh was scrapped because my grandmother, the late Jean May Oliverio, passed unexpectedly last Tuesday morning. Her death was the latest of three to hit my Mom’s family since July, and in between there have been some other big issue with which we’ve had to deal. Many readers reach out last week via social media or email to extend condolences. I appreciated every one of those kind thoughts, as did my family.

We are headed into trade-talk season with the arrival of February, and I promise that anything credible — at least two independent sources — I hear on that front will find its way into the blog between now and the deadline.

Again, to so many of yinz guys, thanks for keeping me and my family in mind last week. Just those few words meant a lot.







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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