We shouldn't be surprised Shero swiped Iginla

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero has acquired plenty of talent to surround his superstar Sidney...

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero has acquired plenty of talent to surround his superstar Sidney Crosby with in the past. (REUTERS)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

Should we really be surprised at the late-night magic pulled off by Ray Shero in landing Jarome Iginla earlier this week?

Is there anyone more shrewd at acquiring bigger names to surround a franchise player like Sidney Crosby like the son of former Philadelphia Flyers lgendary coach Fred Shero?

Not if you’ve ever heard the younger Shero talking about the science of the hockey trade.

Two weeks ago, he was doing just that during a visit to Toronto as his Penguins were playing the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

“It’s a tough market this year,” Shero told us at the time. “But you have to weigh what’s best for your team. Once you do, you have to act.”

If we are to judge Shero on his “acting,” he deserves the Academy Award for NHL general managers.

If the market was dry before Shero went out and acquired Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray, it’s downright arid right now. Not only did he spruce up his own roster, he stripped the


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