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Skate log: A break for the beat boys, and trade talk (Despres).


Greetings, dear readers.

A quick update on this soon-to-be snow capped Friday.

First, neither this blog author or Josh Yohe is with the club this weekend. Columnist Dejan Kovacevic – he of immense love for Winnipeg, and a whole lotta like for Ottawa – has given us a welcome breather. (Thanks, Dejan.) So check out his stuff and follow him on Twitter: @Dejan_Kovacevic

And now for some bits n’at:

= Hearing a lot of rumblings about the Penguins looking for a winger. Nothing close yet, but know that D Simon Despres can be had for the right price. Question becomes is that price a veteran winger with a short-term future or if the scouting staff has identified the next James Neal and now GM Ray Shero is set on trying to bring said player to Pittsburgh.

Keep in mind:

Shero has twice (Ryan Whitney, 2009; Alex Goligoski, 2011) traded young defensemen for long-term fit wingers (Chris Kunitz, Neal). Each time he has made that move before the trade deadline, and in February.

= The club is at Winnipeg tonight, and it will mark only the fourth game in Canada for C Sidney Crosby since he scored the Olympics winner in 2010. Kind of shocking to think about, no?

A great piece by our great friend Chris Johnston of Sportsnet on the new old normal for Crosby:

= Dejan really does love Winnipeg, and though we kid him about it, there is a personal connection:

= I will be doing the Root Sports Pittsburgh pregame show Friday and Sunday. There is game college students might want to start playing every time I tip my glasses, not that we encourage such games around these parts.







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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