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Trouble in Pittsburgh starts at the top

Think about it this way: If they were to flame out in the first round to, say, the Detroit Red Wings or — gasp — the Columbus Blue Jackets, what would be the aftermath?

Ray Shero wouldn’t be in trouble. Never mind that he erred at the most recent trade deadline by putting all of his eggs in Ryan Kesler’s basket, only to watch Matt Moulson, Thomas Vanek and others snapped up elsewhere. Or that, in presented with the fairly basic task of filling out the bottom six forwards, he has uncovered little more than Kenny the Kangaroo-sized wannabe scorers. Or that he has presided over eight disastrous drafts that have produced Olli Maatta, Robert Bortuzzo and a laundromat’s worth of wasted ceremonial sweaters.