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Beating The Ray Shero Drum

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We knew Penguins general manager Ray Shero was good at his job long before his terrific signings of free-agent defensemen Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek Thursday. The team’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2008 and its Cup win in ‘09 are pretty good proof. But we didn’t find out just how great Shero is until after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Cup this spring. The champagne wasn’t even dry in Chicago when the Blackhawks traded key players Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Colin Fraser, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel because of NHL salary-cap concerns.

Contrast that to the Penguins who have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Martin, Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury signed through at least the 2012-13 season. It will be disappointing if they don’t win at least one more Cup during that time.

No wonder Shero said Friday morning after doing five-year deals with Martin and Michalek for a total of $45 million: “I slept good last night.”

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Moq's avatar

Contrast that to the Penguins who have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Martin, Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury signed through at least the 2012-13 season. It will be disappointing if they don’t win at least one more Cup during that time.

I don’t think I’ll go as far as calling it a disappointment if the Penguins don’t win at least one Cup within the next three seasons. There’s an above average chance of contending for the Cup every year with the above group of core players, but there are no guarantees of winning.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 07/05/10 at 10:16 AM ET

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Ron Cook is a Hockey Moron Moq!! disregard what he writes

Posted by Evilpens on 07/05/10 at 11:51 AM ET

cainer4wingsglory's avatar

Martin and Z are very, very solid defensive D-men and should really help replace what they lost with Scuderi and Gill (funny to say that, but it’s true).  However you gotta really wonder where the goals are going to come from after their big three forwards. They lost a huge PP QB in Gonchar (and as solid as Letang is, he’s no Gonchar) and what little secondary scoring they did have in order to bolster their D. That being said, Shero makes smart signings and is easily one of the top guys in the biz. It’s too bad Malkin and Crobsy’s salaries are killing the Pens (don’t give me that ‘he signed for less BS’, almost 9 mil a season is not less), or else they could have some secondary scoring AND solid D….

Posted by cainer4wingsglory on 07/05/10 at 12:15 PM ET

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Contrast that to the Penguins who have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Martin, Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury signed through at least the 2012-13 season.

Where’s the “contrast”?

The Hawks have Toews, Kane, Hossa, Bolland, Campbell (stop laughing!) and Keith all signed beyond the 2012-2014 season as well as Sharp signed through 2012 and Niemi and Hjalmarsson supposedly on the verge of being signed for at least a few years.

I’m not a Blackhawks fan and admittedly it’s been fun to watch the partial dismantling of the team, but they’ve still got a pretty solid core as well as a couple of good prospects in the pipeline.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/10 at 12:30 PM ET

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(don’t give me that ‘he signed for less BS’, almost 9 mil a season is not less)

To be fair Crosby & Malkin (& Ovechkin) signed their extensions before the front-loaded lifetime contract was popularized.  If it happened today you have to think they would being signing some similar type of contract.

Posted by Garth on 07/05/10 at 12:38 PM ET

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Somebody want to point that out to Kovalchuk then?

Whoops, off-topic…

Nah, Shero’s good.  I still think he made a mistake in trading away a 3rd round draft pick only to lose out on Dan Hamhuis, but that will be swept under the rug before the season starts because he made up for it by getting Michalek and Martin for perhaps slightly above what a real contender should have had to pay for them.

Still, if losing out on a 3rd round pick is the worst I can say about him at the end of this season, it’ll be one hell of a success for the Penguins.

Then again, only on 3rd round pick in all of NHL history has gone on to be Nick Lidstrom wink

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/05/10 at 12:57 PM ET

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It’s too bad Malkin and Crobsy’s salaries are killing the Pens (don’t give me that ‘he signed for less BS’, almost 9 mil a season is not less), or else they could have some secondary scoring AND solid D….

Good grief.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 07/05/10 at 02:02 PM ET

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Posted by J.J. from Kansas

I love it how you managed to circle all the way back to the Wings. 
tongue wink

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 07/05/10 at 02:25 PM ET

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Martin is a huge upgrade over Gonchar. He will really blossom with the Pens.

Posted by 13 user names on 07/05/10 at 02:53 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Oh-ver-rate-ed.

Shero couldn’t kep Gonchar and couldn’t get a deal done to sign Hamhuis, so instead he went out and payed Michalek almost the same money.  Dumb, dumb move…  Michalek is not worth it.

And then, to make up for not getting a puck-moving d-man (because Michalek isn’t it still) he went out and still signed and underwhelming Martin for $5m/year.

So to recap… instead of signing Hamhuis for what, $5m… he signed Michalek for $4m and Martin for $5m.

I fail to see how this seems like a good idea to anyone, anywhere… especially when you’re already hamstrung by the Cap with Crosby and Malkin in tow.

Posted by Primis on 07/05/10 at 05:02 PM ET

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” fail to see how this seems like a good idea to anyone, anywhere”

If I made it possible for you to see how, would you?

Posted by NathanBC on 07/05/10 at 06:43 PM ET

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