As promised, Justin, GoPens! and I took your questions and worked them into a roundtable of sorts. If we missed a few here or there it's probably because we started sending the e-mails around before you got your questions up. In either case, you should know by now that it's cool by us if you toss them up in the comments. So let em rip.
After the jump, your questions answered.
Is Tangradi ready for the big time as a top 6 winger? - RandyF
FrankD: I think he's ready to play at the NHL level but, as is my perception of a lot of guys who join the club from the WBS level, I'm concerned about rushing guys into the mix. But how long can you really sit on a guy like Tangradi? I say you work him in slowly and see if he can develop into a winger similar to what Fedotenko was in his prime: a big-time threat on the forecheck, quick on his feet and a goal scorer. That would pay huge dividends for the Pens.
JustinM: I think that he probably is, and I also think that the team doesn't really have much choice unless that Brett Sterling acquisition turns out to be a truly prescient signing, a diamond in the rough that everyone else passed on because he's not 5'9" or taller. It's possible, but even though I'm a fan of GMs willing to sign short guys contra to conventional wisdom, it's far from probable considering that he's already 26 years old. Chances are better that he is what he is, and Eric Tangradi will be the only option for the Pens.
Are they still looking to potentially sign a 3rd line center ? - RandyF (Part II)
Shero has moved a lot of draft picks. One question is, is he getting value in return. Granted, you overpay to make a cup run, but long term, how does it affect the farm depth? - TartanBill
The last two playoff series the Penguins have lost — in the 2nd round to MTL last year and in the SCF to Detroit in 07-08 — the opposition has focused on shutting down Crosby (and his line) and the Pens were unable to get sufficient offense from anywhere else. Is there are plan to adjust for this, and if so, what is it? - Diomedes7
Do you believe that the Penguins are moving away from the traditional model of build from within, since the core of the team is SO young? ie we have one of the weakest farm systems in the NHL and Shero continues to trade away valuable picks. - Ulf Murphy (Part II)
Where does GMRS’s job end, and HCDB’s job begin? And vice versa. - PopRocks
All this moving Staal to wing discussions are tighlty tied with the proposed discussion on the roles of GMRS and HCDB. Who decides what we need? How does the communicatoin work between the GM and HC? - Nut1976
FrankD: Good questions. For the first one, Shero's job is to notice holes in the system and fill them, be they minor league or otherwise. I'm sure he and Bylsma meet to discuss the areas of concern, potential targets, etc. but it's ultimately his job to take care of that situation. Bylsma's job, by description, starts and ends on the rink. Anything on the rink - camps, practice, games - that's his job. Shero just sits back at that point and sees where his moves fit in. It's up to Bylsma to relay that info. If a guy is dragging and Shero thinks there's no place on the Pens, he'll test the market and see what he can get in return for him. If a guy gets injured, Shero gets on the horn and calls up WBS to see who he wants to call up. Again, I'm sure there's a lot of back and forth between him and DB, but he makes the final call.
As for the second question, I suppose it'd be Bylsma's decision on where to put Staal since it's his job to manage the lines and work the chemistry of the team. If he doesn't think Staal will make it on the wing, it's his job to make (and stick to) that decision. He'd then relay it to Shero. If they want to troubleshoot the situation they'll likely brainstorm and see what they can do about it. If Shero doesn't see it as a roster issue, then it's up to DB to work around it. Ultimately, I think it comes down mostly to Staal's ability/transition and Bylsma's decision. Don't think it'd impact Shero's job much.
JustinM: I'm going to agree with Frank again here. I think that moving guys between levels is Shero's purview, but that he does so with the knowledge that Bylsma knows who he wants for any given callup. I think that Bylsma gets the final say in where people play any given night, but that Shero has the power to force his hand, say, by signing a guy whose position is obviously 3C and nothing but 3C. And I think this interplay is mirrored in sports franchises everywhere, not just here in Pittsburgh, and not just the Penguins.