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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 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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