Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Link o' the day

There's a terrific feature on Penguins GM Ray Shero in the Philadelphia Daily News today.

He's very much been in the background during Pittsburgh's big run, but give the team credit for hiring a younger manager to shape this team and Shero credit for making good on the opportunity.

It's interesting hearing how he grew up among those great Flyers teams in the '70s while his father, Fred Shero, was the head coach.



At 8:57 a.m., May 14, 2008, Anonymous Jonathan said...

Les Bowen was the Flyers Daily News beat writer for years. Unfortunately he was promoted to cover the Eagles 5 or 6 years ago, and Flyers fans have been left with awful coverage from the city's two main papers ever since. Two or three times a year, he'll put together a story like this, and remind us how good we used to have it.

At 9:09 a.m., May 14, 2008, Blogger Mr.Poindexter said...

One certainly has to admire anyone with the keen insight to lose year after year, receive choices at the top of the draft, and then, when the availability of 'once in a lifetime' players like Sidney Crosby and Evegni Malkin coincides with those high draft choices, actually be brilliant enough to pick them. Yeah, Pittsburgh offers a lesson in how to build an organization.
Give me a break. Take either one of those phenoms (who every other GM would have had picked in similar circumstances) off the Penguins and they're just Eastern Conference also-rans. Let's not go too far in applauding the organizational brilliance.

At 2:06 p.m., May 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Poindexter - you're living up to your name.

fyi, Crosby and Malkin were NOT drafted by Shero. However, Jordan Staal - the guy nobody expected to make the team last year, let alone make a difference - was, and Shero could've easily traded the pick. He also brought in Ruutu, Roberts, Laraque, Sykora (the best-producing FA for the $ from last year), Ty Conklin (and a whole other host of crucial depth with help from our asst. GM), and oh, yeah, Dupuis, Gill, and some guy named Hossa. Darryl friggin' Sydor (yet another Shero signing) is our healthy scratch.

He didn't fire Therrien just for the sake of bringing in a coach that he'd chosen. He also modernized the entire organization and instilled a much more positive and supportive atmosphere than was present at the end of the Craig Patrick regime.

And guess what? One of "those phenoms" WAS off the team for a significant portion of the year. At the same time the #1 draft-pick phenom goaltender was missing. And they hardly turned into "Eastern Conference also-rans". Your bitter is showing.

Ignorance and cliched groupthink embarrass you much?

At 4:06 p.m., May 14, 2008, Anonymous dvc said...

Well, Shero had a heckuva base to build on. Two No. 1 picks and two No. 2 picks in a four-year span that produced Fleury, Malkin, Crosby and Staal and the No. 5 pick the year before that that produced Ryan Whitney. I'd say that stretch of futility came along at a pretty good time for the Pens.

I remember the talk that Staal wasn't ready yet last year (he clearly was) but he WAS the No. 2 pick in a class that produced Erik Johnson, Jonathan Toews, Nicklas Backstrom and Phil Kessel in the first five picks and Peter Mueller at No. 8, and he had some pretty impressive bloodlines, so it wasn't like he was a reach. The top of that class is ahead of the top of the '05 class so far, save for Mr. Crosby.

That said, Shero's made all the right moves since then, you've got to give him his due. He's accelerated this team's development into Cup contenders. The Hossa trade in particular is paying off in spades.


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