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(You CAN always get what you want) Links to Monday’s coverage of NHL/Penguins return.

Greetings, dear readers. So, how did you spend your Sunday morning?

This blog author is quite pleased and proud of the work done by the Trib’s hockey team, especially tag-team partner Josh Yohe (Twitter: @JoshYohe_Trib). This was a long, hard and at times laughing-gas loopy day – perhaps somebody had one too many donuts that somebody finally bought him? – but it was worth it. The coverage in Monday’s print edition is something that ranks what we produced for the 2011 Winter Classic and during the #JagrWatch – the two high points of the Rossi/Yohe era.

Special thanks to the region’s finest columnist, with a pure hockey heart, Dejan Kovacevic (Twitter: @Dejan_Kovacevic); wordsmith Bob Cohn (@BCohn_Trib); and a the Trib’s tireless editors and night desk for helping drop the puck, figuratively, on the 2013 NHL season.

Mad props to our web folks, too. That was one early wakeup call that nobody was likely happy to take.

And with that, the links – though, truly, you should buy a print copy and save it, because you’ll want to keep some of this stuff with you during training camp:

♦ The big, comprehensive, breaking news story that got everybody feeling all warm and fuzzy. Well, it’s alright, now, in fact it’s a gas!

♦ Dejan did not waste time, reacting with a micro-burst blog that praised, well, nobody with the NHL or NHLPA. Talk about the Midnight Rambler, everybody’s got to go.

♦ The columnist is just glad his sport has a big league, again. Let’s drink to the hard working people.

♦ Josh, who has forged a tight professional bond with one Mr. Sidney Crosby, scored this exclusive (at the time) about the best wakeup call in a young man’s life. Start me up! Come on, give it, give it all you got.

♦ Josh, again, with a story on Penguins players reacting to the end of their long, tiresome nightmare. Never wanna be like papa, working for the boss every night and day.

Craig Adams just wanted to see the end. Matt Cooke thinks Crosby will after 3 points per game. Players did not crack, owners fixed their problems, and the lockout looks a lot sillier than even when it started. Button your lip, baby. Button your coat. Let’s go out dancing. Go for the throat.

♦ GM Ray Shero doesn’t know much about the new deal, but locking up Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang was always going to be his summer plan either way. I like it. I like it. Yes I do. Well, I like it. (Only rock and roll.) I like it. (Only rock and roll.)

♦ Bob chatted with fans, business owners. Love is strong, and you’re so sweet. Somebody, baby, we’ve got to meet.

♦ Finally, take a look at THIS. Seriously, look at THIS. No, really; look at THIS:$MH8RZLNIPqjyw9E0$uXvBjavsllACLNr6VhLEUIm2tympBeeq1Fwi7sIigrCfKm_F3DhYfWov3omce$8CAqP1xDAFoSAgEcS6kSQ–&CONTENTTYPE=application/pdf&CONTENTDISPOSITION=lockout.1.pdf




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. Earl Boncroff says:

    Hey Rossi, just cover the news and spare us all the self congratulations and backslapping of colleagues.

  2. djinwestpa says:

    Hey, Earl, lighten up. These guys have done a fantastic job.

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