Desiato wrote:I still give the edge to CP because of the number of years the Pens were competitive and the overall playoff success.
Certainly doesn't hurt having Lemieux, Jagr, Stevens, Francis, Murphy, etc.
The talent those CP teams had far outclasses the talent of RS teams because of the salary cap.
CP inherited Mario, Coffey, Stevens and Recchi, off the top of my head. You certainly can't fault him for drafting Jagr and making great trades to obtain Francis, Mullen, Murphy, etc, to build the dominant team they became. Shero inherited a pretty amazing base in Sid, Geno, Fluery, Gonchar, Orpik, etc, not to mention a 2nd overall pick to start with, as you may recall.
The lack of a cap is incidental as the Penguins had no financial advantage over other clubs. Those Pens were built from the trades and the draft, not free agency. I don't know if you followed the Pens in the 90s, but they were at a great financial disadvantage for much of CP's tenure which resulted in the loss of players like Ron Francis and salary dumping moves such as the Jagr trade. Even prior to bankruptcy in 98, they were unable to compete for free agents. Compared to his peers, CP was very successful, just as Shero has been very successful compared to his peers. Shero has had the advantage of competing for UFAs; as well as trading for one in his prime due to the cap.
But rather than analyze every facet of their respective tenures, I simplify my comparison by looking at the bottom line; I give the edge to CP the edge due to the 2nd cup win. Shero has an amazing opportunity to surpass that.