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On Ulf, Niskanen, Jokinen and other Penguins news

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

All kinds of news on the Penguins’ front today, as reported by beat man Josh Yohe, but at the same time it’s all news in the making rather than news made.

It’s good to hear that Ulf Samuelsson is still in the coaching mix. Nothing at all has changed there. He’s been the only rational choice all along within the context of the field at hand. It’s not so good — never good, actually — to hear mention of Ron Wilson or any other retread.

Sure sounds, also, like Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen are goners. The latter was expected, the former not as much. I have nothing positive to say about losing Niskanen for no return. That’s criminal mismanagement of assets, though it obviously would fall far more on Ray Shero than Jim Rutherford.

And trading the first-round draft pick when there are no picks in the second or third rounds?

Yikes.

Enough from me. Let’s hear from you on this. Comment here.

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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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