I'm happy you appreciate it.
Serious question, would you have hired Shero, and do you think he was Lou's hand picked successor?
I never saw him as someone who respects the Penguin organization, and I find it surprising he didn't pluck someone from the Kings or Sharks organization, as Wilson and Dean are two Lou acolytes.
Personally, I don't think I'd have hired Shero, but the reasoning for his hiring is clear. Shero has been in the league a while, both as an asst GM and as a head GM and knows his way around it. I don't think I would've gone for a neophyte GM (i.e. Marty) regardless of whomever's attachment to the organization. I like the fact that we brought in a GM from outside the organization without any ties to the franchise whatsoever. This team needs a new vision going forward. Lou is 70 something and Conte is up there as well. Neither were going to be in their positions for much longer anyway and its perfectly understandable that a new GM would make changes like this as he takes over. Good GMs don't grow on trees in this league and reaching into the basket and giving someone without a track record a chance wasn't the prudent move IMO right now. I also find it hard to sit here and vilify Shero a couple of months into his tenure, especially when I've agreed with literally every single move he's made so far, from not diving headfirst into the UFA pool or making a dumb trade (yet). Its going to take time to fix the team, just as its going to take time to judge Shero for his job and Lou on his decision.
At the very least I'm glad we didn't hire a Dave Nonis or JFJ lol.