Pittsburgh Penguins’ front office guru Ray Shero was reportedly nominated for general manager of the year on Monday – according to the Pens’ website – making it his first ever consideration for the award.
He will be competing against Montreal’s Marc Bergevin and Anaheim’s Bob Murray.
Shero is a well-known Pittsburgh – and if he wasn’t as prominent nationally as he was before, this season without a doubt put Shero’s name on the map.
Notorious for making splashes at the deadline – Shero executed a flurry of transactions this past trade deadline that left the rest of the hockey world wide-eyed and stunned.
Acquiring veterans Jarome Iginla, Jussi Jokinen, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray at the deadlines wasn’t the start though.
His first shocker came when the team dealt forward Jordan Staal to Carolina at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – a player many thought would’ve certainly stuck around for years to come.
And while those big name trades get all the glamour – the acquisition of Tomas Vokoun in the offseason was arguably his most effective move.
Without the veteran goaltender, Pittsburgh could’ve potentially bowed out in the first round – again.
Shero stressed determination on adding depth to an already fully-loaded Pittsburgh squad – and so far it’s paying off.