Sarcastic wrote:Ray Shero: F
Yeah, just keep sitting on your fanny while this team disintegrates. Two and a half years ago, I was elated that he turned down Boston and came to the Pens. Looking at what Peter Chiarelli has done with Boston (actually building a team), I think that elation was misplaced. Seriously, when you look at this current team, what has he done? Only one of his draftees is on the team (more on that later) and he signed useless pieces of crap like Satan and Fedotenko. Oh, and he traded for Dupuis. Other than that, the rest are all Craig Patrick draft choices. Yes, the hated Craig Patrick. Sorry, but the free pass is over for Mr. Shero.
That really stands out to me. A real reality check.
Shero has had only three drafts. I realize players seem to be getting to the NHL quicker than ever, but it still takes about five years to really begin to judge a draft because not every prospect is going to get to the NHL at the same rate. Staal never went back to juniors, never played a second in the AHL and no one was really complaining after his rookie year. Have we forgotten so quickly all the calls by the fanbase after 2006-07 claiming Staal was the second-best center on the team and better than Malkin? Remember how many people were calling for management to explore the idea of dealing Malkin? So really, how smart does the fanbase look now in light of what's transpired since this point last year? At the end of 2006-07, we were all ready to ship out the guy who many believe is now our best player in favor of keeping the guy everyone now can't wait to trade.
We could all sit here and say Shero should've taken Kessel and we might be right because right now, they might be better off with Kessel. But you also have to wonder how much that would have changed things in 2006-07 and 2007-08. I'm not a huge Staal fan, but the fact is that this team went from 58 points in 2005-06 to 105 points in 2006-07 partially because of Jordan Staal. They went from playoff contender in 2006-07 to a Cup finalist in 2007-08 partially because of Jordan Staal. Would they have done the same with Kessel? More? Less? That's pure speculation, but Kessel changes the entire dynamic of a team that won 47 games in each of the past two seasons largely because they worked their tails off in the offensive zone and played strong defense. To say they would've been better off with Kessel is assuming Kessel would not have been as bad here in 2006-07 and 2007-08 as he was in Boston during those season. That's a strong assumption to make, given the typical developmental curve of even top-notch NHL prospects (to which, by the way, few seem to realize Crosby and Malkin are exceptions rather than the rule).
As far as the signings, I'm not thrilled with some of the things Shero has done, but he's mitigated many of them by keeping them on very short-term deals. Satan, Fedotenko, Boucher...these guys were all short-term, relatively low-cost fixes. Some of them (Sykora, Gill, Roberts, Hall, Conklin) pan out; some of them (Recchi, Satan) may not. He's been right on these more often than he's been wrong.
He's also been relatively quick to make a change when it becomes apparent that things aren't a good fit. He moved relatively quickly on Recchi when it became clear last year that Recchi was no longer able to contribute. It may not be long before he decides the same with guys like Satan or some other players who don't appear to be working out according to the plan.