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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column looks at the first month on the job for a man who has yet to be hired. And it looks seriously intimidating.

But maybe not to you, so I’ll let you have a crack at three questions to tackle in the comments section.

1. Would you trade Kris Letang, even if only to move his contract?

2. Could a tough coach toughen up James Neal’s net-front work?

3. At what point do you get irritated with ownership for not having a GM?

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

Here are official game highlights on, including the Rangers reaching the Stanley Cup final, where they’ll lose in three to either the Kings or Blackhawks.

>> Russell Martin and the Pirates played terrific ball late last night at Dodger Stadium, by Rob Biertempfel in Los Angeles. Really, coming off those two stinkers in New York and a cross-continent flight, this was pretty impressive all-around.

Is Josh Harrison just warming up? Biertempfel reports.

Scott Boras has lunch with his Pittsburgh clients, also by Biertempfel.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page, our Bucco Blog and our photo gallery.

Here’s Dodgers news from the Los Angeles Times.

Here are official game highlights on

>> Mike Mitchell is a big hitter who wants to be known for something else. Alan Robinson reports from the Steelers’ OTAs on the South Side.

Shamarko Thomas, another young safety, is learning from the best. Mark Kaboly has that.

Here’s a question I had about the offensive line for Ramon Foster:

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page, our Steel Mill blog and our photo gallery.

>> I’ll join TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. today to talk football. And on Sunday, I’ll join the panel of WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word, along with Robinson, Mark Madden and host Alby Oxenreiter.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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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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