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01-30-2013, 11:20 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
It's hard to evaluate a GM. But I wouldn't fire him. He hasn't done/not done anything to warrant being on the hot seat.
big deadline acquisitions? check (Hossa, Guerin)
trading strengths for weakness? check (neal, kunitz)
Goes after big time free agents? check (Martin, Parise)
He doesn't overpay for deadline acquisitions (1st for Gaustad? really?), doesn't overpay for FA's (Leino, Gomez). Pens are in a very solid salary cap situation despite having the best core of talent in the league.
IMO his biggest knock is his draft rate. Besides Staal, how many Shero era prospects made the team? Jeffrey and Despres. That's 2 in 6 years. Not impressive.
I also don't think the recent playoff collapses are Shero's fault. 2010, Fleury sucks and Halak and Cammellerri dominate. 2011, Pens are missing Sid and Geno. 2012, Fleury and defense collapse.
IMO, all the pieces are in place. I don't see anything negative within the organization that can be faulted on RS. I would let the entire coaching staff go before Shero.
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