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Pens GM Shero: ‘I Don’t Care’ About Ottawa’s Response To Karlsson Injury

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero joins Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.

Mr. Shero spends part of his chat responding to controversial comments from Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who recently told TSN that Penguins forward Matt Cooke should be out of the game for injuring star Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.

“I don’t know Eugene Melnyk at all. What he says, I don’t really care,” Shero says. “I care what our owners think here in Pittsburgh. My only thought was for Karlsson. We all felt terrible. It was just an unfortunate play.”

“We lost Crosby on a hit, Malkin on a hit, and Jordan Staal getting his foot sliced. When you lose players like that, it’s emotional. I can understand that emotion whether it’s from the general manager or the owner. [Melnyk] lashed out, and he’s entitled to his opinion,” Shero said.

Shero is hopeful that retaliation won’t be top of mind when Pittsburgh heads to Ottawa later this season.

“The game’s not until April 22, and hopefully by then cooler heads will prevail,” Shero said.

Shero also tells how defenseman Paul Martin has improved his play, and what it took for him to stay on the team after a subpar season last year.