When Ray Shero's name shows up on another general manager's cell phone in the days before the NHL Trade Deadline, and the device is ringing, it might not be the worst idea to let it go to voicemail. Shero is at it again, wheeling and dealing before the April 3 deadline. The Pittsburgh Penguins GM already had a team atop the Eastern Conference standings, but he added a trio of 2010 Olympians in former captains Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla and rugged defenseman Douglas Murray. This is another similar chapter in the story of Shero's tenure in Pittsburgh. Simply put, no other GM in the NHL works magic at the deadline like Shero. "The job of the manager with the help of ownership and help of the players is to try to win. That's what we're trying to do," Shero told reporters Thursday. "It doesn't guarantee anything, guarantee you have a good team, but we have a good bunch of guys and hopefully things come together." While the foundation of the Penguins are the guys who were drafted before Shero arrived -- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang -- there are now only six players on the current roster who pre-date his arrival in May 2006. In nearly every season since, Shero has been willing to make bold moves at the deadline and his success rate is incredible. What makes Shero's moves even more remarkable is how many of the additions proved to be more than rentals. Given his track record, it is fair to expect that at least one of Iginla, Morrow and Murray will be back next season with the Penguins.
Working magic at deadline is nothing new for Shero
NHL.com | Mar 29