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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








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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