From now on, you'll be getting "NHL in a Nutshell" two days earlier than before! Hooray! When the season starts up, I'll also be doing a weekly player feature (I'm still figuring out exactly how those are going to work). Be sure to keep an eye out!
Finally, I'd like to congratulate Penguins GM Ray Shero on his well-deserved five-year contract extension. Shero is one of the best GMs in hockey and has already brought one division title, two Eastern Conference Championships, and one Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh. Some naysayers point out that he had it easy coming in to Pittsburgh, when the team already had Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. I, in return, would like to point out that a) he's done a fantastic job in building around Sid and Geno by bringing in the right role players, and b) superstars alone don't win playoff series or championships. Just ask Caps fans. Shero has also locked up the Penguins core players (Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Fleury, Orpik, Letang) long-term, which will keep the team competitive for years to come.
So congratulations Ray Shero! We here at Pens Nation appreciate everything you've done for our beloved Pens and I know we're not the only ones who were thrilled to hear about the extension. I'm sure I speak for all Pens fans when I say to keep up the good work!
P.S. Preseason games start this Wednesday folks! Hockey season is almost here! Get PUMPED!