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Penguins Update: Rating Ray’s Trades

Recently, the Penguins Ray Shero was named General Manager of the Year. Long regarded as one of the top executives in hockey—if not the entire sporting world—it earned the popular GM some richly deserved recognition.

In light of the recent award I decided to compile a list of Shero’s major trades, along with (very) subjective grades. To qualify, players involved had to play at least one game for the Pens. The table doesn’t include the recent Harry Zolnierczyk for Alex Grant deal.

I apologize for the funky formatting.

Season Date Team Acquired Traded Grade/Comment
06-07 July 19 Nashville Dominic Moore, Libor Pivko 3rd round choice 2007 [B-] Depth move
  July 20 San Jose Patrick Ehelechner, Nils Ekman 2nd round choice 2007 [D] Ekman fizzled
  Feb. 27 Minnesota 3rd round choice 2007 Dominic Moore [B] Decent return
  Feb. 27  Florida  Gary Roberts  Noah Welch  [A] “Scary Gary” a gem
  Feb. 27 Phoenix Georges Laraque Daniel Carcillo, 3rd round choice 2008 [B] Bona fide heavyweight in BGL
  Feb. 27 Florida Joel Kwiatkowski  4th round choice 2007  [C-] Kwiatkowski played one game
07-08  June 22 Atlanta  3rd round choice 2007  Chris Thorburn  [A] Great return for role player
  Feb. 26 Toronto  Hal Gill  2nd round choice 2008, 5th round choice 2009 [A] Gill shutdown defender
  Feb. 26 Atlanta Pascal Dupuis, Marian Hossa   Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Angelo Esposito, 1st round choice 2008 [A+] Terrific value for two so-so players and a flop
08-09  June 28  Tampa Bay  3rd round choice 2009  Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts [B-] Two UFAs for a pick
  Nov. 16 Dallas  Philippe Boucher  Darryl Sydor  [B] Boucher underrated
  Dec. 19 St. Louis  Future considerations  Jonathan Filewich  [C] Filewich never panned out
  Jan. 17  Edmonton   Mathieu Garon   Danny Sabourin, Ryan Stone  [A-] Proven backup for minor leaguers
  Feb. 26  Anaheim   Chris Kunitz, Eric Tangradi  Ryan Whitney   [A] First-liner for injury-prone defender
  Mar. 4 NY Islanders Bill Guerin 3rd round choice 2009  [A+] Guerin driving force for Cup run
09-10  Feb. 11 St. Louis  Steve Wagner  Nate Guenin  [C] Swap of AHL defensemen
  Mar. 1  Florida  Jordan Leopold  2nd round choice 2010  [B-] Leopold good down stretch
  Mar. 2 Toronto  Alexei Ponikarovsky  Luca Caputi, Martin Skoula [C+] Everyone flopped
10-11  Feb. 21  Dallas  James Neal, Matt Niskanen Alex Goligoski  [A] Classic Shero two-fer
  Feb. 24  Ottawa  Alexei Kovalev  7th round choice 2011  [B-] Can’t-lose deal
11-12  Nov. 8  Columbus  4th round choice 2012  Mark Letestu  [B-] No room for “Tester”
12-13  June 4  Washington  Tomas Vokoun  7th round choice 2012  [A+] One of Shero’s best
  June 22   Carolina   Brian Dumoulin, Brandon Sutter, 1st round choice 2012 Jordan Staal   [A+] Staal wanted out 
  June 22   Phoenix   Marc Cheverie, Harrison Ruopp, 3rd round choice 2012 Zbynek Michalek   [B+] Nice return for “Zibby” 
  Feb. 6   Anaheim   5th round choice 2014   Ben Lovejoy   [C+] “Reverend” played well for Ducks
  Feb. 13  Winnipeg  7th round choice 2013  Eric Tangradi  [B] Fair return for underachiever
  Mar. 24 Dallas  Brenden Morrow, 3rd round choice 2013 Joe Morrow, 5th round choice 2013 [B-] Overpaid but worth the risk
  Mar. 25  San Jose  Douglas Murray  2nd round choice 2013, conditional choice 2014 [B-] Overpaid but worth the risk
  Mar. 28 Calgary   Jarome Iginla   Ken Agostino, Ben Hanowski, 1st round choice 2013 [B-] Overpaid but worth the risk 
  April 3  Carolina  Jussi Jokinen  Conditional choice 2013 [B] Can’t-lose deal

*Be sure to check out Rick Buker’s books,
available at TriumphBooks.com, Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com

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