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Monday Wakeup Call: Are pro leagues done expanding?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> The Monday column is the one that was supposed to run Sunday before the James Harrison news broke. It’s about potential NHL expansion, but it also touches on the other three major pro sports, which apparently have zero plans to do likewise.

That’s where I’ve got a couple Qs to run by you this morning.

1. Which non-NHL league will be next to expand, if any?

2. Where on earth would you put a baseball team, in particular?

3. Is 32 really the magic number, one that it will take years to pass?

Here’s a clip of my talk with Sidney Crosby on this topic …

>> I’ll visit with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m. to talk about that and more.

>> Evgeni Malkin will miss 1-2 weeks, as my news report here details. The way the Penguins are scoring — pretty much any way they want — that’s the one area in which they have most to give. But still, the Penguins will benefit greatly from Malkin being able to achieve absolute peak form going into the playoffs.

You know, kind of like what we’re seeing from the captain right about now …

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Anyone remember the column I write wondering if we’d see another notch from Sid?

Yeah, took a good amount of grief for that. Not so much anymore.

Here’s our postgame video from last night, with me and Josh Yohe yakking it up, as well as infinitely more important people inside that building …

>> The Steelers and free agency? For the first time since, um, Duce Staley? Alan Robinson examines.

>> Latest on the Riverhounds and their stadium, which looks better every day.

>> Here, in case you missed it Sunday, is the Harrison column cited above. Also in that section was this neat Joe Starkey column about the lost art of the underhanded free throw. And one seriously thorough breakdown of the Steelers’ contract restructuring by Mark Kaboly.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

 
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