By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
>> The Friday notes column is a collection of final observations from my week in Florida, notably my support of the Pirates’ apparent plan to not use Gerrit Cole at season’s outset.
Based on what I’ve heard and read from readers to date, most won’t agree, so I’ll obviously welcome any responses down there in the comments.
>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m. to talk about that and more.
>> The chat transcript delved into Jason Worilds’ apparent irrelevance with the Steelers, the tolerance public service ads by Brooks Orpik, the gap between Duquesne and Robert Morris, plus several other topics. Really enjoyed this one.
>> There’s something about Penguins-Flyers that brings out the ridiculousness from both teams …
In this case, it was the visitors overcoming a huge early mess — passive penalty-killing, lack of discipline, loose D and, oh, yeah, a 4-1 deficit — to somehow pull one out.
There was a lot to not like, but the spirit of the outcome propels me instead to stress that Beau Bennett was a terrific fit on the second line, Tomas Vokoun entered with no margin for error and made none, and Chris Kunitz now has as many goals as the number on his back.
>> NHL realignment is final. For a year, anyway.
>> Taking a couple days (somewhat). I’ll be back Sunday night from Consol. Be good.