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First call: Bryan Rust’s Penguins price tag based on timeliness, not totals

Tim Benz
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Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) celebrates with the bench after his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

In “First Call” today, Bryan Rust and J.T. Miller both got paid. Aaron Donald is about to get his, too. And Diego Maradona goes double bird.


Rusty is rich

Some wonder if perhaps the Penguins paid too much for Bryan Rust and maybe locked him up for too many years. He got a four-year, $14 million deal. That’s for 33 goals in 181 regular-season games.

Is that too much “per goal” for a guy like Rust? Maybe. But it’s cheap when you consider he scores postseason goals like this.

Or these!

I’d say those three goals alone were worth that much, right? At least for now, I’m happy Mr. Elimination Game is also “Mr. $14 Million.”


Pucks bucks

Congratulations to local hockey product J.T. Miller. He just signed a big contract with Tampa Bay.

The former Pittsburgh Hornet impressed the Lightning after they acquired him from the Rangers this year. He had 18 points in 19 games after the deal.

A native of East Palestine, Ohio, Miller will get $26.5 million over five years. The one-time Coraopolis resident is being viewed as a potential sweetener to get John Tavares to consider playing in Tampa.


Take that, Bill

Yesterday, we showed you Bill Russell flipping the bird to Charles Barkley at the NBA Awards show.

Today, we give you Argentinian soccer superstar Diego Maradona going with double-barrels. (Don’t worry. It’s blurred. You won’t get fired. Don’t kick the kids out of the room.)

That was after his country scored the eventual winning goal. Hmm. How does he react when the other team scores?

It got more interesting for Maradona. He reportedly needed medical attention later.

“A photograph showed paramedics treating the 57-year-old,” ESPN reported. “Argentine newspaper La Nacion reported that he was checked for low blood pressure but was later able to leave the area walking under his own power.”

Maradona was reportedly seen boarding a flight shortly thereafter.


Donald watch

If you are like me, you have visions of Aaron Donald as a Steeler after this year dancing through your head. But the Penn Hills product has to leave Los Angeles first. The Rams aren’t going to let that happen without a fight.

The club is still negotiating with the former Pitt standout on a long-term extension. Much like Le’Veon Bell, Donald skipped minicamp and OTAs.

But at an event touting Los Angeles’ new stadium, Rams COO Kevin Demoff suggested the building was being constructed partly with Donald in mind and referred to dialogue between the club and their defensive star as “great,” “positive,” and “pushing forward.”

The new building is supposed to host a Super Bowl in 2022.


Body found at player’s home

A body was found at the New Jersey residence of NFL player Janoris Jenkins.

NFL.com reports multiple sources say the New York Giants defensive back was in Florida at the time of the discover. The story goes on to point out that the deceased is named Roosevelt Rene. He was a 25-year-old friend of the Jenkins family.

NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo says police are looking into this matter as “a possible strangulation/suffocation incident.”

No word from Jenkins in the story. Team and league officials say they are tracking developments.

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