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PensLog: Still in on #IginlaWatch, and the #TribHKY rankings.

A quick, pregame hit on this Tuesday.

= There continues to be nobody that will say the Penguins are done dealing — quite the opposite, actually — and there is nobody that has said, on or off the record, that they are out of the running for Calgary RW Jarome Iginla. That cost would be a lot though, and the latest reports have Iginla favoring a sign-and-trade extension — now allowable with this labor agreement.

IF Iginla would become a Penguin, look for the coaching staff to consider returning LW Chris Kunitz to a line with C Evgeni Malkin and RW James Neal, while playing Iginla with C Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis moving to the left side on that top unit. This would make for a possible third line of C Brandon Sutter anchoring Ws Matt Cooke and Brenden Morrow.

Keep in mind that the HC Dan Bylsma really favors keeping the top line intact. Also, he and GM Ray Shero are quite aware of the strong team dynamic with this squad, and they do not favor risking an intangible advantage.

That said, the only thing somewhat known now is that the Penguins are not out of the Iginla push. So, that watch continues.

= Welcome back, Iron Mike.

Michel Therrien is finally coaching another game in Pittsburgh. If the opportunity presents itself, the fans at Consol Energy Center should salute him. He is, arguably, the second most influential coach in franchise history behind “Badger” Bob Johnson. The 2009 Penguins didn’t win the Cup with Therrien, but they wouldn’t have won it without him.

= And, because absolutely nobody asked, the bi-weekly #TribHKY Power Poll:

1 – Penguins

2 – Blackhawks

3 – Ducks

4 – Bruins

5 – Canadiens

6 – Wild

7 – Kings

8 – Senators

9 – Red wings

10 – Blues

11 – Canucks

12 – Maple Leafs

13 – Rangers

14 – Blue Jackets

15 – Devils

16 – Predators

17 – Jets

18 – Hurricanes

19 – Capitals

20 – Stars

21 – Sharks

22 – Coyotes

23 – Islanders

24 – Sabres

25 – Oilers

26 – Flyers

27 – Flames

28 – Avalanche

29 – Lightning

30 – Panthers

 

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

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