Rich Ray

The Pittsburgh Penguins entered this season with a host of talent in their system that any NHL GM would kill for. Ray Shero has worked tirelessly for the past 6 years to build a team worthy of having Sydney Crosby as its franchise player. Since joining the Pens in 2006 he has made plenty of decisions that have led to the Penguins being one of the leagues elite franchises. 

Shero made trades early in his tenure that shaped the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup winning roster. Since then he has made deals to move key parts of that team (Jordan Staal, Alex Goligoski) and brought in players that he believes will help sustain their dominance (James Neal, Matt Niskanen, Brandon Sutter). He’s paid the players that he feels deserve to stay in Pittsburgh, like Sydney Crosby (and his 12 year $104.4 million contract), James Neal, Paul Martin and Tyler Kennedy. Now his Pens are in first place in the Eastern Conference and cruising along a 12 game winning streak and he hasn’t once pretended to be satisfied.

This week, Shero dealt a good prospect and former 1st rd pick Joe Morrow for the Captain of the Dallas Stars, Brendan Morrow. I mean come on this is getting ridiculous the best team in the league just added a great professional and leader who has played with Crosby and Fleury for Canada for a NON-ROSTER PLAYER. Before I could even recover from my head exploding, Shero sent two 2nd RD picks to San Jose for Douglas Murray. Stop it Ray. This is just getting embarrassing. He is about as sure a lock for GM of the Year as Crosby is for the Hart Trophy.

As a Habs fan I’m kinda feeling like UFC Fighter Nick Diaz between the 3rd and 4th rounds of his fight with Georges St. Pierre. We’re doing really good and hanging in there but I still feel like this guy has something else up his sleeve that has long made him the best in the business. And then this:

Oh sure Ray, add Jerome Iginla and make it 3 rock solid hockey players and seasoned Olympians in 1 week. Pretty soon the NHL’s Eastern Conference race might start to resemble that of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

Here’s to hoping my Habs have a better shot than the Indiana Pacers.




Towson Axes two Men’s Teams in Gutless Fashion

Towson Axes two Men’s Teams in Gutless Fashion

Stumble across this story this morning (click title above) and couldn’t believe what I was reading. I’ve been heavily involved in University athletics for the past 7 years now and full well understand that it is a shifting landscape of popularity and relevance. Towson University is perfectly within their rights to terminate an athletic program for whatever reason they so choose and for that they should not be criticized. However, University president Maravene Loeschke should be fired for the way she has treated the teams players and staff. It must suck for Towson to be represented and run by someone who believes that armed police officers are needed when addressing students she’s disappointed, or that three quick minutes is enough to offer students whose collegiate sporting dreams were just crushed. Oh and of course “No questions, please”. A University president should have had more to offer these students and given them ample time to have their questions and concerns answered. Loeschke actions have truly proven to be an embarrassment to herself and to her own University. 

If this article by Keith Mills goes viral, I imagine Towson’s enrolment might drop for next September. Please give this one a read.