By: Casey Shea

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – First it was Kris Letang, then Sidney Crosby. Now, you can add Ray Shero to the list of people named as a finalist for an NHL award this season.

According to the Penguins’ official website, Shero has been named as a finalist for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

Montreal’s Marc Bergevin and Anaheim’s Bob Murray are the other two finalists.

Votes will be tabulated from all 30 NHL general managers as well as a panel of league executives and members of the media.

Shero has been able to pull the trigger on some great deals over the course of his seven-year tenure as general manager.

This season, Shero had plenty of cap space to work with and an abundance of prospects. The combination of the two resulted in him putting the rest of the league on notice that that Penguins were all in to win the Stanley Cup this year.

By the time the dust settled at the NHL trade deadline, Shero had acquired Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla, Douglas Murray and Jussi Jokinen without giving up a single player on the current roster.

Sensing that the defense corps was lacking something, Shero brought back Mark Eaton about halfway through the regular season.

Another notable addition to the roster this season was backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who came in and slammed the door on the New York Islanders in Games 5 and 6 of their first round series.

Shero also acquired Brandon Sutter as part of the Jordan Staal trade at the NHL Draft over the summer. He also added a solid penalty killer with some grit in Tanner Glass through free agency.

The awards will be announced during the Stanley Cup Finals.


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