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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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The Perils of Sidney

Since Saturday night, Sidney Crosby’s been called every name in the book – either positive (“What a leader!”) or negative (“What a dirty player!”), depending on your view of his bout with Florida’s Brett McLean. I’m guilty of it too, as I joked about Crosby’s pretty apparent lack of fighting skills. But stepping back from that and looking at the bigger picture, one could pretty easily see that the whole symbolizes just how frustrating this Pittsburgh Penguins season has been.

Where do the Penguins go from here? Let’s look at some of the burning questions facing the team, both from the outsider’s perspective and inside the locker room.

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Koivu to Pittsburgh? In My Dreams

Here’s a new trade rumor for you. The Pittsburgh Penguins, in an effort to shore up scoring on the wing and anticipating the return of Ryan Whitney, are looking to package Alex Goligoski with some draft picks over to Montreal for impending UFA Saku Koivu.

Where did I hear that rumor? The one place where I guarantee no one else could have found it.

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, pittsburgh+penguins

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