Having survived years of uncertainty and questions about their financial viability in a small-market town, the Pittsburgh Penguins, thanks to the inspired leadership of owner Mario Lemieux and masterful moves of GM Ray Shero, have become a model NHL franchise and the favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
After shocking the NHL by acquiring Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, Shero has assembled arguably the most talented team in Penguins' history. While it remains to be seen whether acquiring all of that talent will result in another Stanley Cup, Shero promises to have a busy and challenging summer as he looks to create a new sports dynasty in a town that has seen its share. Although the constraints imposed by the league's collective bargaining agreement will force Shero to make some difficult decisions during the coming year, don't expect the Penguins to take a step backward.
With the right moves, Ray Shero can keep the Penguins moving forward as a Stanley Cup favorite for years to come and, as any good second-guessing sports fan should, I have my own opinions as to what those moves should be.