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Undeserved? Maybe. Necessary? Probably.

It ain’t easy being Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero. One minute you’re being hailed as a genius for getting the youthful Pittsburgh Penguins within two wins of the Stanley Cup. The next minute, you’re firing coaches and looking at your awfully thin roster.

Of course, you could say that about any GM in pro sports – it’s pretty much a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business. And while the recent firing of Michel Therrien may not have exactly been warranted, it was the time-tested adage in sports: you can’t trade the entire roster, so you fire the coach.

Was Therrien the right coach for the Penguins? Like just about any coach, Therrien wasn’t perfect. He brought a mix of good and bad to the table, and his heavy-handed style came with an expiration date. However, to cite Therrien as the primary catalyst in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Final hangover is simply inaccurate. Shero made his share of mistakes, but there were things out of his control:

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