For the first time in general manager Ray Shero’s six-year tenure, the Penguins were silent at the NHL’s annual trade deadline.
“Just to confirm that we were not active,” Shero said. “Nobody going and nobody coming. Our roster is our roster moving forward.”
Shero also confirmed that the Penguins did have “a number of conversations with some teams” and made “some offers on some players.” However, either the price in return was too high or the players being discussed were not a good fit for Pittsburgh.
|General manager Ray Shero |
Despite not making any moves, Shero is extremely happy with the makeup of the team. In fact, he is on the record as saying that not too long ago.
“I said this six weeks ago when we had lost six in a row, I like our team and I believe in our hockey team,” Shero said. “I still do and I’m comfortable with this team moving forward. That’s where we are.”
Shero has been an active player at the deadline in years past, acquiring such players as Marian Hossa, Hal Gill, Bill Guerin and Gary Roberts just to name a few. His maneuvers have not only strengthened the Penguins, but have earned them a Stanley Cup championship and two Eastern Conference titles.
However, this time around the team doesn’t need much bolstering. The Penguins have an abundance of talent and grit, plus the experience of deep playoff runs over the past few seasons. The only thing the Penguins can do to improve is to get healthy.
“We’ve had the most man-games lost in the league due to injury (295) and we are finally starting to get healthy again,” Shero said. “I think it’s a combination of everything. I think we have some really good players.
“We have a lot of guys here who have won the Stanley Cup. I just think that we have a pretty good hockey team here with our leadership and the character we have on our hockey team. The special teams have been good. Our penalty kill has been amongst the top in the league. Our power play has been very good, obviously. Just a lot of things have come together for us and we’ve got some of these injured players back. We have a number of those guys who have (Stanley Cup) rings in the room. That counts for something as we move forward towards the playoffs.”
And so the day comes and goes, and the Penguins will finish the season and playoffs with the group of guys already in the room. As Shero put it, sometimes the best thing to do is nothing.
“It was a long day to really come up with nothing, but as I said going into it we were fine with that.”