Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/22/11 at 01:33 AM ET
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
I called Ray Shero on Thursday to ask him what he did to tick off the NHL’s other general managers. They are the primary voters for the general manager of the year award. Shero isn’t one of the three finalists, who were announced Wednesday….
Let’s review as the Penguins are just one win against the Tampa Bay Lightning from advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs without stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin:
• James Neal came in a Shero trade in February. He scored the winning goal against the Lightning in double overtime in Game 4 Wednesday night. “A blast from the side boards, top shelf,” Shero said. “Not many of our guys can do that.”
• Zybnek Michalek and Paul Martin were Shero signing as free agents in July. They are half of the best top-four defensemen in the NHL along with Brooks Orpik and Kris Letang. “That’s how we win games—with defense and timely scoring,” Shero said. “Those guys have been invaluable for us.”
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