Say this about Penguins GM Ray Shero. He sure doesn’t wait for an invitation to join the party.
In a pair of bold moves that preempted the NHL’s April 3 trade deadline by over a week, Shero acquired two missing pieces in the Pens’ Stanley Cup puzzle. On Sunday he swapped defensive prospect Joe Morrow and a 5th round pick in the 2013 Entry Draft to Dallas for veteran forward and former Stars captain Brenden Morrow (no relation) and a 3rd round pick. Monday he swung his second deal in as many days, shipping a pair of draft picks to San Jose for burly stay-at-home defenseman Douglas Murray.
Built like a road-grader at 6’3” and 245 pounds, the shot-blocking 33-year-old Swede promises to keep the slot in front of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury free of traffic. The addition of Morrow—who scored 33 goals two seasons ago—gives the Pens a power forward and leader in the mold of Bill Guerin and Gary Roberts.
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