10- shero was grossly overrated as a GM in the salary cap era. The only way to always contend for the cup is to build from within. You won't hit all draft picks, so you get as many picks as you can to improve your chances of hits. Talbot, Kennedy, And Letestu are all later round draft picks, and salary cap dictates that you need those players making an impact. You play them on there ETC, and resign them to a 2-4 year second contract. These players can be tremendous value contracts...outplaying the dollar amount. Instead of stock piling draft picks, Shero trade them away. If it wasn't for Staal forcing his hand with a trade, the amount of penguins draft picks would have been low over the past five years...maybe a league low. Just stupid management of a salary cap league.
His deadline trades depleted the team of draft picks while not producing any cups. You only trade at the deadline if you are certain it will help your team win a cup. If you are not certain, do not make any deadline trades. Period. Deadline trades are not mandatory; something Shero never learned.
He has very little understanding of contract value. Even if Kunitz, Dupuis, and Scuderi play at there highest levels, they would not be great value. If on the other hand, they begin to show there age, they would be poor value. I like all three of those players, but with salary cap The GM needs players outperforming their contracts. This situation most likely happens on ETC and second contracts.build from within.
I understand coaching wasn't great, but Shero did very little positive over the past five years. He did make a couple good (nondeadline) trades, but excluding Crosby ( and malkin ) none of the peguins currently signed players have contracts of good to great value. Even Crosby, Malkin, and Neal contracts I would say are just good value.