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

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:


= Columnist Joe Starkey makes a call on coach Dan Bylsma:


= 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.)




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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