Mad City Mike wrote:
FallenHero96 wrote:I would agree with a coaching change, but not a GM change. I don't see anyone out there right now doing a better job than Shero. The drafting could use improvement, but they can bring in more help with that. Shero has had some mis-steps, but he has also pulled a bunch of rabbits out of his hat, too. Keep Shero, but he has been said that Bylsma is his guy and if Bylsma has to go, Ray wouldnt be dumb enough to insist to go with him, would he?
Can you explain to me exactly what you see to indicate he's doing a good job? I start with the negatives.
1. His drafting has been simply putrid. His first draft was actually good, yielding Staal, Chad Johnson, and Brian Strait. 2007 brought Bortuzzo and Jake Muzzin. 2008 and 2009, nothing. Simon Despres you say? Well, they've had him for 5 years and he hasn't cut it yet and he can't even beat out Scuderi, Bortuzzo or Engelland for a roster spot. 2010? Bennett. 2012: Maatta. That's eight years of drafting that have yielded exactly one NHL forward. Pretty impressive, eh?
2. He inherited a core of Crosby, Malkin, (essentially) Staal, Fleury, and Letang. Is the organization any better now than when he arrived?
3. He has made a couple good trades for Kunitz and Neal, though I question just how valuable the latter really is given his post-season meltdowns and disappearances.. And he stole Niskanen. Funny how nobody remembers him giving up a first and two (at least potential) NHL forwards for a guy (Iginla) who everyone acknowledges was a terrible fit. Or how he gave up a former first-rounder for Brenden Morrow, who was an even worse fit.
4. He has made the roster softer every year. When he first arrived, he went out and got guys that made the Pens tough to play against. Guys like Laracque (until he "reformed"), Roberts, and Guerin. Now this roster is softer than a cotton ball. The entire team seems to shy away from contact. They whine when they get hit.
5. He has endorsed the idiotic, overly complicated system they play by continually retaining the idiot coach in the face of continued playoff failures. Bylsma should have been gone after last year's debacle, but they extended him instead.
6. he flat out gave away talent like Johnson, Muzzin, and Matt Moulson by failing to sign them. Funny how they've been searching seemingly forever for a wing for Sid, yet Shero let one go for nothing.
7. He wasted all his time this past deadline in some wishful chase of Ryan Kesler. meanwhile, accomplished scorers like Vanek were almost being given away. Oh, but I forgot, those guys don't fit our wonderful system. And in the end, Ryan Kesler would have done no better than Sutter, who would have been included in that deal.
Okay, have at it.