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Shock runs into locker-clearing day for #Pens. And #TribHKY links.

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Shock takes a while to shake off.

A lot of people are still shaking after the Penguins being swept from the playoffs by Boston.

It WAS shocking.

They scored two goals.

The offensively deficient New York Rangers had that many goals in Game 1 of Round 2 against Boston.

This was always going to be a busy offseason for the Penguins. What happened in the East final will make a hot summer even hotter.

A primer to get you ready, including a look at roster going forward as it pertains to free agents and extension-eligible players: http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4152992-74/penguins-million-shero#axzz2VjSKJL00

 

= Columnist Joe Starkey makes a call on coach Dan Bylsma: http://triblive.com/sports/joestarkey/4144842-74/bylsma-goals-game#axzz2VjSKJL00

 

= Sunday is locker-clearing day for the Penguins, some of whom will set foot inside Consol Energy Center for the final time.

Normally, GM Ray Shero speaks to the media – a sort of season-in-review session – on this day. As of now, Shero is not scheduled to speak.

That is intriguing in itself.

As always, the #TribHKY team will have all the news as we hear it – and, heck, even some stuff that isn’t officially news yet – as A Great Summer for Hockey Fires gets going.

Also, finally, a sincere thanks for your readership and following on many platforms. Josh Yohe and I appreciate it. Josh maybe a bit more. (He’s the Human One, but you never heard that commercial.)

 

Cheers,

Rossi

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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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