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#TribHKY Sunday links: Geno on Pens future; good luck, Mearsy; MOU; and a Comeback.

Well, dear readers, it is finally over.

After 119 days and too many stupid things to count, the NHL lockout has ended, and the world’s finest pucks league is back.

Your Penguins open camp Sunday with physicals, followed by an OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 3:10 p.m. practice at Southpointe. (Cue the #ShriekingGirls)

Camp heads to Consol Energy Center on Monday, where it will run through Friday. Full details for camp, including the roster, will be released Sunday. Same goes for the club’s promotional schedule and, presumably, the Root Sports Pittsburgh broadcast schedule.

 

♦ A look at the labor contract’s summary of terms (yeah, the summary is 25 pages): http://blog.triblive.com/chipped-ice/2013/01/12/nhlnhlpa-labor-contract-summary-of-terms/

 

♦ Wishing dear friend Steve Mears the best on his new adventure. “Mearsy” is leaving the Penguins Radio Network for the big-city lights of New York, where he will be a main man on for NHL Network, co-hosting “NHL Live!” and doing other cool stuff.

Steve is one of the best guys anybody can hope to know, and here is hoping the Pittsburgh in him rubs off on New York more than well… let’s just say here is wishing Steve the best. “Penguins Live” will not be the same. (Neither will Smokin’ Joe’s Saloon.)

 

♦ Speaking of personal notes…

This blog author is, officially, back to where he once belonged, working his beast of burden, trying to recapture his glory days, and – goodness, how many lyrical references can a guy cram into once poorly constructed sentence?

Well, you will have many opportunities to find out.

After a year away (kind of), I am back covering the Penguins, a bit thinner, certainly more refreshed, and, at this point anyway, getting along with everybody. That won’t last, by hopefully the tag-team partnership with Josh Yohe will.

Along with what we suspect will be consistent help from Trib columnist Dejan Kovacevic, Josh and I pledge to try and bring you all the Penguins/NHL news we can uncover in a 24-hour day. We will not be perfect, but we will be aggressive.

(We also may cut some very suspicious radio spots. Forgive us.)

It’s sweater vest and scarf times, kids.

So, remember this for your Twitter fancy: #TribHKY

It’s time to get going.

 

♦ Sunday’s links, right and proper:

= Here layeth the NHL lockout. 9/15/12-1/12/13. “Nobody liked him. Everybody hated him.” http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3282489-74/players-penguins-sunday#axzz2HpDukvok

= Daily Penguins notes, starting with Eric Tangradi’s thinking entering camp: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3267397-74/tangradi-penguins-malkin#axzz2HpDukvok

= Columnist Joe Starkey’s usual brilliance: http://triblive.com/sports/joestarkey/3267385-74/crosby-games-game#axzz2HpDukvok

= Yohe considers a variety of Penguins-related topics with camp set to open: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3267400-74/series-bylsma-season#axzz2HpDukvok

http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3267403-74/penguins-nhl-sutter#axzz2HpDukvok

= “PuckSpeak” with James Neal: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3267396-74/puck-lot-likes#axzz2HpDukvok

= Master of the AHL University, Jonathan Bombulie, and his weekly notes package, this one focusing on Dylan Reese: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3267399-74/games-nhl-barre#axzz2HpDukvok

And, finally…

= GM Ray Shero should not be laughed at when he talks about re-signing Evgeni Malkin AND Kris Letang. Not quietly, but perhaps sneakily, he has reshaped the Penguins nucleus. An analysis, plus a PDF chart with loads of info: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/3267393-74/cap-salary-signed#axzz2HpDukvok

 

Phew!

Cheers,

Rossi

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

Comments

  1. Dawn says:

    What a nice, informative, comforting column! You’re doing what you do, and it feels like the world is in balance again.
    Sure will miss Mearsy, but we knew this was coming, and he will be great. I just hope he gets to do some play-by-play, here and there.
    On the West Coast, we are facing not getting to SEE the Pens home opener, by any means. After waiting all this time, it’s kind of heart-breaking. But there is at least Pens Radio on the computer, so thank goodness for that. I love my guys!
    Looking forward to a few months of “normal”, with you and Josh and DK.
    LET’S GO PENS!!!
    Dawn-San Diego

  2. Jandy says:

    Looking forward to adding this blog to my morning routine. (DK’s is first).
    Keep up the good work.

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