David Perron Deal Unlike Past Penguins Draft Pick Giveaway Nightmares

January 2nd, 2015 by Andrew Petyak Leave a reply »

You finally have one, Pittsburgh fans.

A top-six winger. David Perron.

Feels good, eh?

Absolutely nothing can ruin this moment for you, right?

Unfortunately, there are always those who find reasons to gripe.

In this case, it's a small minority, but the issue still needs to be addressed.

Some Penguins fans are distraught about the team giving away a 2015 first-round pick to acquire Perron from the Edmonton Oilers, a trade first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger.

Sure, former Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero unloaded picks as if he were allergic to them on a yearly basis.

While his replacement, Jim Rutherford, seems to be continuing the tradition in his first year with the team, there's a clear difference in what Shero did and what Rutherford has done so far.


Maybe a bit of history first...

There's reason enough to suggest the fear of losing draft picks spawned from the dealings of Shero during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

In a bid to win his second Stanley Cup with the team, Shero was pe ...

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