Found February 11, 2013 on The Pensblog:
PLAYERS: Ray Shero
TEAMS: Pittsburgh Penguins
Finally we now have a levels systems. We're open to making changes on it and would appreciate feedback. The standard is at least 150 games played with the Pens: For last week, Paul Martin is in the Money Zone: He is doing everything he has been signed to do. Move the puck, eat big minutes, and chip in with some points.  We will end with this interesting article sent our way. Ray Shero asked The Index if he wanted out last season:    "I asked him if he wanted a trade," Shero told this week.  "He was embarrassed by his year," Shero said. But Martin looked at his boss and insisted he wanted to stay. He told Shero he didn't want to take the easy way out. Moreover, Martin pledged to return this season a different player, the old player, the player that had made him one of the top free-agent defensemen on the market in 2010.   "He said, 'I do not want to be traded. I came here for a...

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Scoring Decreasing

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