Pens' Shero nominated for GM of the Year
Ray Shero, who orchestrated a number of stunning trades late in the regular season, is one of three nominees for the NHL's General Manager of the Year award. His Penguins finished the regular season with a 36-12-0 record, second best in the NHL.
The other nominees are former Penguins defenseman and current Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin and Anaheim general manager Bob Murray.
Shero has been the Penguins general manager since 2006 and has developed a reputation as one of hockey's finest deal-makers.
He acquired Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Jussi Jokinen and Douglas Murray in latter portion of the regular season. Perhaps his best move came last summer, when Shero traded a seventh round draft pick to Washington in return for the negotiating rights to goaltender Tomas Vokoun.
Shero quickly signed Vokoun to a two-year, $4 million deal. Vokoun replaced struggling goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the final two games of the first round series against the Islanders, bailing out the sloppy Penguins with sensational play in Games 5 and 6.
Shero was also roundly praised for a trade he made last summer. Center Jordan Staal, it had become apparent, was eager to join his brother, Eric, in Carolina. Despite having little leverage, Shero traded Staal to Carolina in return for center Brandon Sutter, the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and defensive prospect Brian Dumoulin.
Sutter went on to score more goals than Staal during this past regular season, Dumoulin is, by all accounts, a future NHL defenseman, and the Penguins used the eighth pick to acquire defenseman Derrick Pouliot, who many in the organization believe is a future star.
Amidst all the trades and transactions of the past 12 months, Shero was also able to lock up captain Sidney Crosby to a 12-year contract extension.
Crosby is an MVP nominee this season despite missing 12 games with a broken jaw.
Also, defenseman Kris Letang has been nominated for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the league's finest all-around defenseman.
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