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Friday Wakeup Call: Big weekend of pucks

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

>> The Friday notes column is led by a talk with Ramon Foster, the Steelers’ first significant signing of this offseason, accompanying a look at this new (and really young) offensive line.

There’s stuff on the Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and Duquesne in there, too.

>> The weekly chat came with the usual rapid-fire smorgasbord.

8557988961_c94fc2fb57>> I’ll be over at Consol all weekend for the first hockey game columns I’ll have done in a good while. Rangers and Bruins both present good tests for the Penguins, as well as good storylines of their own. Looking forward to it.

On Sunday, I’ll be part of WPXI’s On the Ice pregame show before the NBC broadcast picks up the coverage. The Trib and WPXI are news partners, and you’re going to be seeing a lot more of that play out in the weeks and months to come between our people and the TV talents of Alby Oxenreiter, Rich Walsh and Bill Phillips.

They don’t call it ‘Total Media’ for nothing. Between the print product, the online news, the blogs, the videos, the TribLIVE Radio station and these new TV initiatives, I’m fairly confident that at some point or other we’ll be able to take North Korea down.

As always, I’ll keep you updated right here on anything new.

>> Meanwhile up in Toronto, the Penguins took their streak to seven, once again in style …


Pascal Dupuis scored twice, Chris Kunitz set up the winner, Marc-Andre Fleury made a huge late stop, and Sidney Crosby continued to explore interplanetary space only he occupies. Our Rob Rossi reports from up North, as well as offering this update on the team’s trading status.

Here are all the highlights from the Penguins’ site.

>> Tough to see Pitt’s freshmen struggle as they did in the latest Big East bomb. I’ll find it very interesting to see how Steven Adams and James Robinson, in particular, bounce back in NCAAs.

>> Keenan Lewis did the inevitable and signed elsewhere, and Art Rooney II talked cap space in another eventful day for the Steelers, as covered by Alan Robinson.

>> I’ll visit with Ken Laird at 11:30 a.m. today on TribLIVE Radio. Total Media ‘n ‘at.


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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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