Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shero's Attention Turns to Sochi

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shero's Attention Turns to Sochi

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Ray Shero spent the past few days immersed in the past, remembering his father, Fred, as he was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He not only read and heard countless tributes to his dad, a former Philadelphia and New York Rangers coach who died in 1990, but also delivered his induction speech Monday evening.

Shero, the Penguins general manager, plunges back into the present today and won't even have to leave Toronto to do it.

He and the other NHL GMs are scheduled to meet, and when that session is complete, Shero will get together with other members of Team USA's executive staff to discuss the makeup of their 25-man roster for the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The roster must be submitted in late December.

Shero offered a self-described "guesstimate" that "eight to 10" places spots remain unclaimed, and suggested Team USA GM David Poile and his staff are able to do practically frame-by-frame assessments of players' work in the NHL to assure they reach the best-informed conclusions possible.

"We all know there are some locks, but the guys in consideration, we have their shifts [on tape] the next day," Shero said. "We can look at their entire game from the night before, to get up to speed. We have guys who are out scouting, too."

He and the other members of the staff do plenty of firsthand scouting, as well, in the course of handling their day jobs.

Last Wednesday, for example, Shero got to observe Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh during the New York Rangers' 5-1 spanking of the Penguins at Madison Square Garden.

Some players' resumes, international or otherwise, might be enough to earn them serious consideration, if not a guaranteed spot, in Sochi. Shero, though, stressed that getting selected will not be a lifetime achievement award, but largely a recognition of performances in 2013-14.

"It's a pretty short tournament, so we need players who are on top of their game," he said. "We need chemistry. That's important. All those things, we discuss. It's an ongoing process, but it's really been a good process."

While he didn't delve deeply into specifics, Shero acknowledged that several young players have performed well enough to force their way into consideration for places on the team. …

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