Penguins Name Ray Shero GM

The Penguins will name Ray Shero general manager at a press conference this afternoon.

Shero, 43, has been the assistant general manager in Nashville for the past eight years. Before that, he spent seven seasons as assistant GM in Ottawa after breaking into the business as a player agent.

He is the son of former NHL coach Fred Shero.

Shero’s duties in Nashville included overseeing the team’s minor-league operation in Milwaukee, negotiating contracts, working with scouts and preparing salary-arbitration cases.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06145/693097-100.stm

Ray Shero seems like one of the logical choices for the Penguins. It is a good thing that they went ahead and signed a GM well before the draft. The Penguins GM will make a trade with the Blues to ensure that the Penguins get Johnson.


36 Responses to Penguins Name Ray Shero GM

  1. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    I think the last thing the Pens need is a GM with zero NHL experience as a full time GM, regardless of whether or not he has been an Assistant GM for 8 yrs. Just look at the Leafs and the JFJ Experience.

  2. the_word says:

    are the leafs in trouble?

  3. intelligentscorpio says:

    Shero is the top choice for any of the vacancies for GM. If Pens bring him on board, it would be a good choice. The thing which makes me uncomfortable is that Ken Sawyer did not even interview him in person until Shero rejected the Bruins offer, which was yesterday. So how much time and thought was put into the hiring decision and the interview process and due diligence by Sawyer in hiring the GM.
    Nothing against Shero, he will probably work out fine for the Pens.

  4. Marky2Fresh says:

    I could GM that team lol

    Crosby, Malkin, Fleury and now probably Johnson are all budding superstars. You’d have to have down syndrom to mess that up.

  5. guinsfan4life says:

    The pens made a great hire by getting Shero. He is young, bright, passionate and has experience in assuming the roles of general manager. This is also a valuable asset for the team as we fight to keep the team in the city of pittsburgh.

    As far as him making a trade to get the number one pick, he noted in his press conference that it will take him weeks to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of the organization, so we’ll have to wait and see.

    His contract is for 5 years so he has been given plenty of time to turn things around. I think, in time, the city will embrace him and he will become a “pittsburgh” guy.

  6. guinsfan4life says:

    They had conversations on the phone before Shero turned the Bruins down. Obviously, when he did turn them down, he turned his attention towards the penguins in which ever way.

    Obviously Shero didn’t feel comfortable working with the Bruins hierarchy, which he sort of hinted at when asked during his news conference. My interpretation is that he felt like there were too many chain of commands he’d have to navigate through to communicate with the owner.

  7. LeafsLeafsLeafs says:

    From a management position? I would say yes.

  8. Maximus says:

    If the off ice issues can be cleared up soon, Pittsburgh will be an ideal team to be a gm for. It has mouth watering talent at every position. It has the second overall pick this June. If everything goes as plan, Ray Shero will look like an absolute genius. The Penguins could be a dominate team if Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, Whitney, and Johnson (?) or whoever develop as expected….They also have some very good teir two prospects (Stone, Welsh) that will complement the top players.

    Ray Shero is the right choice because he spent the better part of the last 15 years helping build two very successful small market teams. If you are looking at ways of building a team in a small market city…Nashville and Ottawa are two good examples…..

    You do not need to be a former GM to make a good GM. All GMs have to start somewhere. He has 15 years of learning with two good small market franshises. He needs to develop the Penguins like Craig Patrick did in the early 90’s when he brought in Bob Johnson and Scott Bwman to help guide the Franchise.

    Really, Pittsburgh is an attractive situation. Boat loads of young talent…lots of cap room…maybe a new rink….the only place to go is up…..they may go way up soon.

  9. thegoalie1976 says:

    Don’t you mean a Winnipeg guy….lol????????

  10. thegoalie1976 says:

    They will play in a new rink, but it won’t be in Pittsburgh.

  11. kicksave856 says:

    Win tonight and we’ll walk together forever.

  12. kicksave856 says:

    …or something like that!

  13. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Says who? You? Are you in charge of awarding the slots license? Quit talking out of your ass.

  14. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    Another Canadian pipe dream. Winnipeg is Canada’s version of Fargo, North Dakota. Not gonna happen.

  15. AHLoldie says:

    Shero was pretty much assured that the Pens were staying in Pittsburgh. This was the convincer in his signing a five year contract. His family wanted to live in Pittsburgh.

  16. AHLoldie says:

    I can guarantee you one thing…Mario won’t sell the Pens until they are in the new rink. The new rink is a definite, no matter who gets the slots license. I’ll guarantee you another thing…Betman won’t allow the Penguins to be moved from a city that has played to 92% capacity with a losing team for four straight years, and move to a city like Winnipeg which couldn’t support a team before because of its small TV market. There is a lot of wishful thinking by a bunch of idiotic teenagers going on.

  17. Mario_n_Sidney says:

    The team also has a legacy in Pittsburgh. After all Mario has done for that city, to let the Pens leave is a pemeditated kick in the package to Lemeiux. Not only that, but the Pens have the NHL’s version of LeBron James in Pittsburgh. I think, with the post lockout being more sucessfull than anyone could imagine, to let a cash cow like Crosby to leave the city would be a disservice to everyone who lives there.

  18. hockeyhead says:

    bruins management is the joke of sports with some other choice organizations.

    they want a puppet that they can blame and fire when they screw up like MOC.

    truly pathetic days for bruin fans.

    pete chiarelli looks to be the fall guy for the bruins now.

  19. guinsfan4life says:

    I can’t say I know much about bruins managment other than what I’ve read about in newspapers and stuff. I do know it seems like it is a clusterF**ck just for the simple fact it is a family run business and nobody has a clear vision of what they want.

    Worst case senario they hire Chiarelli, but I don’t think they will. I think he will sign an extention with Ottawa and remain there. Just a prediction. If he goes to the Bruins, they still will have filled the spot with a capable person.

  20. kamullia says:

    I heard his press conference highlights and an interview also, and I get the feeling that LeClair will be gone soon. He doesn’t seem to fit the mold of Shero’s alleged vision for the team, and LeClair has not been ecstatic with playing in Pittsburgh. But I don’t really see who’d be too interested in LeClair, even with his good show at the end of the season.

    Add to this the fact that the Pens are at the limit of 50 players under contract (47 if you consider one contract expires for Odelein and two players have signed contracts in europe for next season) and Shero wants to reduce that number drastically to give himself room to obtain players (like in exchange for picks for example).

    I will say this though, if his first move as a GM is being able to get rid of LeClair and Thibault both, for some decent return, he would be already starting to prove worthy of the position. Neither of those two have a place on a team that is overflowing with young and upcoming legs, not even as leaders because Johnny is discontent and Thibault has to prove himself before anyone will start listening to any words that come out of his mouth.

  21. guinsfan4life says:

    Its funny because I saw the press conference and the interview and didn’t get one idea that LeClair would be traded. I didn’t get many ideas other than the fact he wants the team to have tons of speed, and that could be what you mean abot LeClair being gone.

    I wouldn’t rid myself of T-bo unless I can find a quality veteran backup to replace him. Granted he was injured, but MAF has not shown he is even close to reaching the potential some thought when he was drafted. Perhaps Shero considers hiring a goaltending coach?

  22. guinsfan4life says:

    Winnipeg hasn’t even been mentioned as one of the suitors for the penguins. Only in the Canadian tabloids which print anything they hear.

    Vegas, Kansas City and Houston are the only cities mentioned in wanting the penguins.

    It doesn’t matter, though, cause they are staying here.

  23. kamullia says:

    It’s just my feeling. Nowhere did he come out and pointed specifically that Johnny was gone, but there were many things he said that lead to my sentiment. Just like he mentioned speed, just about all that he mentioned he wants does not describe John LeClair. And when you don’t fit the mold, chances are you will be shown the door sooner than later.

    1. Youth: “Another huge reason I came here, we have an outstanding talent base of young players.”; “I think we have to build around this nucleus we have here of young players,”

    2. Long-Term focus: “I am more interested in re-establishing a winning tradition in Pittsburgh and that means doing things right; having a vision, a plan and patience.”

    3. Type of play: “The team we want on the ice is going to be a team that’s hard-working, that has speed, chemistry and character and is a team that’s about more than just one player or two players,”

    4. Conviction: “I want a team that’s going to have passion for the city of Pittsburgh,”

    LeClair is certainly not young, does not fit in any NHL team’s long-term future because of his age, lacks speed, at often times in the past season took shifts/games off (slacked) other than close to the trade deadline, has been reported that is respected in the locker room but doesn’t really mesh with the rest of the team especially after Recchi left, and last (but most certainly not least) he has yet to this day to show any kind of real witnessed enthusiasm for playing in Pittsburgh.

    Hence my feeling.

    As a sidenote, I’m not sold on that whole ‘Therrien and I are going to win a Stanley Cup’ statement of his, considering that he did not want Therrien originally. And although I agree that there has been tons of changes already in Pittsburgh, if the team would have changed coaches before the season, I think it would have been better long-term than sometime down the road in a season or two as I suspect it will inevitably happen.

  24. intelligentscorpio says:

    LeClair would be a veteran presence on and off the ice for the young Pens. There is nothing wrong in having him on the team. He is not young, but he can still score as evidenced last year. He is good on the power play and is a point a game player. As for his lack of enthusiasm for Pittsburgh, I would do and say the same thing if I was in his situation, where he could have been dealt to a contender at the deadline. Although, he did say at the end of the season that he would like to stay in Pittsburgh for next year.

  25. kamullia says:

    As far as goaltending, Pittsburgh most certainly needs a goaltending coach, other than Meloche. MAF is young and needs molding. He has already progressed from when he was drafted with not that much of an imput if you really get down to it. He just needs time and direction.

    After all we are still talking about a very young kid with some special qualities that are extremely rare. I certainly would not even consider trading him or writing him off until 3-4 years from now after he has been under a solid consistent tutelage. I can not think of one single active NHL goaltender with MAF lightning legs speed, and that is not something to dismiss lightly in my views.

  26. kamullia says:

    Yes, but your point is a short term vision, and that is not what Shero focused on over and over in all that I have viewed, heard, or read.

    It’s not my opinion that matters, it’s Shero’s and I translated his verbose as LeClair not fitting the mold. That’s all.

    Besides, as of today, the Pens only lure is not money, but assets and I seriously doubt Shero’s realistic view of the Pens winning a cup in the future has a mental picture of Johnny with his arms stretched out under the cup. The more I think about it, John LeClair is trade fodder in Shero’s eyes.

  27. EmptyNetter says:

    I wondered if Ray grew up in the Philly area — his dad Fred coached the Flyers in the ’70’s.

  28. thegoalie1976 says:

    What the hell are you talking about. This season was the only one that Pittsburgh sold tickets too. The last bunch of seasons that building was very sparse.

    Here is a hint: If you are watching a game on TV, and the stands are half empty, the building is not 92% full.

    Yes this season they did well, but since the last time they were in the playoffs the were terrible for attendance.

  29. FlyersfanKyle says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble but thier gone the team will be sold and moved to Winnipeg or Portland

  30. FlyersfanKyle says:

    well written First Pittsburgh to the Peg then some southern team to Quebec City

  31. FlyersfanKyle says:

    just because you want him gone dosnt mean the gm dose

  32. kamullia says:

    If you would have read the entire thread, you would have seen that I say that it has nothing to do with me. It’s Shero’s words. But the early signs of what Shero wants do not fit LeClair well, now do they?

    There are both ups and downs to LeClair, and I think last year they came up to a wash (his play was subpar, but he was needed for experience in the locker room). Now unless his play gets better this year that will change and fast.

    His value for experience starts to diminish as the players are getting more and more of their own experience, so his play would have to upgrade from last year for him not to be a loss this year.

    And let’s be honest, for $1.8 Million (USD) that is a heck of a lot to pay for experience without a decent on-the-ice return. And no I do not consider 22 goals and 29 assists decent return, especially when 1/3rd of that output was a tear that happened just before the trade deadline.

    Do I think LeClair is capable of more? Absolutely. That tear he went through proves it. He just has to sustain a steady performance, not necesarily at that level he went through for three weeks, but be consistent and show up on-the-ice regurlarly (not necesarily in the scoring sheet).

    But the point stands. With what Shero has said (they are not my words) thus far and with LeClair’s output from last year, it sure feels that if Shero gets someone to take over that $1.8M salary, he would be happy to release him. I just don’t foresee a decent trade return for him.

    But hey, that is where Shero is going to have to show his mettle. Right?

  33. FlyersfanKyle says:

    allright ill side with you but one thing

    “let’s be honest, for $1.8 Million (USD) that is a heck of a lot to pay for experience”

    They did think that they would make the playoffs this year Leclair Recchi and Pallfy were all flops before he was traded Recchi was a -34

    but w.e. lets burry the hatchet aiight?

  34. guinsfan4life says:

    In order for that to happen, Mario will have to sell to an owner that would move the team. Winnipeg couldn’t make the first team last, and the only person from Portland that might be interested is Paul Allen and he has not even inquired. Here are the possiblities; Kansas City, or Vegas.

    The only way that would happen is if the slots license doesn’t come out favorable for them. And even if it doesn’t, they still have Plan B, which an alternative owner may agree with. They came up with Plan B because they know that the Isle of Capri is not going to work out yet it still would provide the new owner of the penguins with hope of keeping them here.

  35. guinsfan4life says:

    I didn’t read into his comments that much. I realize he wants youth, but he also has to have a mix of older experienced players as well. Not sure how the patience fit into that…the speed etc. sure does, though.

    Interestingly enough, the team played better when Recchi was traded. That makes it clear to me that Recchi was the lockerroom cancer that most people made him out to be. Obviously LeClair was able to put that aside and play and become effective.

    I don’t think Therrien will win a stanley cup with this team, no way. But he has to endorse him. My bet is that Pederson is coaching this team in 2-3 yrs.

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