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#TribHKY links: Sid’s plan, Iggy on Trib Radio, Flower’s new bloom, and Rd 1/Cup picks

Well, dear readers, the NHL Awards ballot has been cast. Finally, and phew! This was easily the most challenging vote of my tenure as part of the Penguins beat. As always, I will wait until all the finalists are announced to release my ballot – so you have a few days to wait to make fun of me.

= Don’t make fun of Josh Yohe, who has a newsy notebook that starts with a bang. Sidney Crosby is suggesting that he’ll play in Game 1 IF he gets clearance from doctors:

= Columnist Dejan Kovacevic has a program on Trib Radio every Tuesday, and Jarome Iginla will be his guest this week. Check out The Dejan Kovacevic Show here:

= And, finally, a piece I really enjoyed putting together on Marc-Andre Fleury – a new dad with some new perspective heading into a possible Redemption Song playoff with the Penguins:

That is all for this early AM post.

Check the web site for all news from what could be a newsy day on Tuesday.

Oh, by the way, since the playoffs are set to begin…

First-round predictions:

East: Penguins in 5; Senators in 6; Capitals in 7; Maple Leafs in 6.

West: Blackhawks in 4; Red Wings in 7; Canucks in 7; Blues in 6.

And, while I’m at it:

Stanley Cup Final: Penguins over Canucks in 6

Conn Smythe: Kris Letang, Penguins




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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