Penguins' GM Shero thinks he's done dealing

Rob Rossi
| Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 11:15 p.m.

Ray Shero thinks he is done dealing.

That does not mean he will not make a move before the NHL trade deadlines expires at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Why bother, though?

Shero, who is approaching his seventh deadline as general manager of the Penguins, continued to enhance his reputation as one of the league's shrewdest dealers last week.

Left winger Brenden Morrow played his fourth game with the Penguins against Buffalo on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

That was the third game for defenseman Douglas Murray and second for right winger Jarome Iginla.

Shero landed each of those players over a dizzying span of five days, starting with Morrow's acquisition from Dallas on March 24 and ending with Iginla's decision to waive a movement clause with Calgary and join the Penguins about midnight last Thursday.

Murray was secured from San Jose in between.

Those moves were still awaiting responses by other Stanley Cup contenders as Monday began, though Western Conference leader Chicago brought in center Michael Handzus from San Jose that night.

Boston, which reportedly was trying to land Morrow and acknowledged it was in on Iginla, traded for right winger Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday.

The Penguins, who had won 15 straight before Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Buffalo and who have the Eastern Conference's best record (28-9-0, 56 points), seemed set after Shero's run of moves last week.

But defenseman Paul Martin — second on the team at the position in points and penalty minutes — is out at least four weeks after right-hand surgery Sunday. Sidney Crosby, the NHL scoring leader, is out indefinitely with a broken jaw that required surgery, also Sunday.

Those injuries occurred in games played after the acquisition of Iginla.

Shero has salary-cap space — over $14 million prorated — to add more players before Wednesday's deadline.

He said Sunday, “We've made the moves we're going to make, I think.”

Shero said he was not likely to look for a replacement for Crosby.

“How can you replace Sid, honestly?” he said Sunday.

Shero's hockey operations staff is in Pittsburgh. Shero is not scheduled to accompany the Penguins to New York for their game against the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Before acquiring Iginla, Shero also was known to covet a fourth-line center that could help with a penalty kill that has struggled most of the season.

The Penguins began Tuesday sixth overall in goals against — up from 23rd when their winning streak began — but their penalty kill was 18th overall at 81 percent.

If he does not make another move Wednesday, Shero will have gone four consecutive deadline days without swinging a deal. However, he made moves on deadline day from 2007-09.

Last season marked the only time Shero did not trade for a player after February.

Rob Rossi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at rrossi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @RobRossi_Trib.

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