View Full Version : General manager Shero nothing short of Penguins' hero

07-07-2013, 01:14 PM
Ray Shero is having some fun this summer — at his own expense.

This week, Shero acknowledged learning on the job during his first seasons with the Penguins (http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/). He admitted that letting Rob Scuderi go was a mistake. He also proposed a scenario in which he would not be employed by the latter seasons of Kris Letang's new eight-year contract.

Shero has been so self-deprecating that it has almost seemed like a calculated response to being named general manager of the year for a season that ended with another disappointment in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Or maybe, as Shero said Friday, “I'm just joking with some of that stuff.”

This is Shero's time, and that is no joke.

Peers voted him the NHL's best boss, and USA Hockey has tabbed him to serve as No. 2 to general manager David Poile for the 2014 Olympics hockey squad.
Also, his offseason has been the stuff of legend.

Despite a shrinking salary-cap, the first decrease in NHL history, Shero somehow managed to not only re-sign Letang, co-franchise center Evgeni Malkin, top-line wingers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis and trusted role-playing forward Craig Adams, but he also upgraded the defense with the free-agent acquisition of Scuderi.

“You look at what Ray's done, how he's been able to keep that group together and still find ways to improve it,” Scuderi said. “The Penguins are always in win-now mode. That is because of Ray.”

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