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The pressure is on Ray Shero

From Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

And so the question of the day is this: Will Penguins fans ever get to see their team raise the Cup? Will they some day get to wonder who captain Sidney Crosby will turn to first?

For the moment the answer to those questions rests not with Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or Marc-Andre Fleury or even coach Michel Therrien. The fate of the franchise left their hands Wednesday night around 10:45 and was passed to general manager Ray Shero. It will be the decision-making ability of Shero, steeped in hockey knowledge but an inexperienced GM, that will impact the team’s future the most.

Read Bob’s entire article here.

Smizik covers all the important decisions that Shero is going to face this summer. Personally, I think it will be extremely difficult for the Penguins to re-sign Marian Hossa. With both Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal up for free agency next season, and Fleury up for free agency as of July 1st, how are the Penguins going to have enough money to afford Hossa and still have anything close to a serviceable supporting cast? I guess this is why the pay Shero the big bucks, to make decisions like these.