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JIM RUTHERFORD RUMORS

Kissing a Competent 4th Line Goodbye by @BrianK_PI

The downfall of the Pittsburgh Penguins last season was a bottom six that was often along for the ride and incapable of driving play and adding value on their own. It was a focus for Jim Rutherford when free agency opened, as he made a couple of great value signings in Blake Comeau and Steve Downie. Those players have been great, but the drive the rectify the team's shortcomings...
Via PensInitiative
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Judging the Neal Trade: Midseason by @BrianK_PI

***All stats through Saturday, January 10*** When Jim Rutherford took over the Penguins this past spring, the first major move he made was a draft day shocker. James Neal had been rumored to be on his way out of Pittsburgh before Rutherford even arrived in town, and he dealt the talented, but troubled, winger to Nashville for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. The trade was not...
Via PensInitiative
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins plan to add more depth up front

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games heading into their contest on Black Friday. Despite their run of success and despite the fact the Penguins are battling for the top spot in the Metropolitan, changes may still be coming. GM Jim Rutherford indicates change will be coming and that may involve the forward lines. As seen on Trib Live, Rutherford commented on the...
Via Puck Drunk Love
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins young defensive players drawing interest, when will Jim Rutherford pull the trigger?

We’re right about at the time of the NHL season where the first serious rumors pick up steam. There was a GM meeting last week, and we’ve already seen a few trades since the meetings concluded. [ USA Today ] Last week some of the Penguins prospects got mentioned in trade talk. Here is who… Bob Mckenzie had some interesting things to say on his insider trading segment. [ TSN...
Via The Pensblog
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins penalty kill must improve

Anyone who watched the Pittsburgh Penguins under the previous regime of Dan Bylsma knows that the team had more than it’s fair share of weaknesses. A lack of scoring depth,  shaky goaltending, injuries, and oftentimes sloppy neutral-zone coverage were all major factors in a Jekyll-and-Hyde season that saw Pittsburgh jump between looking like an elite contender and a seriously...
Via isportsweb.com
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins still need top-six winger

Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford is adamant that his team has all the pieces they need to be competitive this season. Sorry, but I don’t see it. Don’t get me wrong, I love just about everything Rutherford has done this summer. Rutherford. His shrewd business plan has landed the Penguins a quality group of bottom-six forwards, most of them on one-year deals,...
Via isportsweb.com
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Pittsburgh Penguins free agency

Jim Rutherford Before free agency started on July 1st, Pittsburgh General Manager Jim Rutherford was interested in going after a top-line winger (Nikolai Kulemin) as his primary target. Three day later, and the Penguins have made quite a few moves, filling holes at just about every position possible except the one most fans were expecting them to: a winger for second-line center...
Via isportsweb.com
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins target top free-agnet Nikolai Kulemin

Will Nikolai Kulemin land in Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford made more than a few waves at this year’s NHL draft. First there was the controversial trade of James Neal to the Nashville Predators for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.  Then during his post-first round press conference, Rutherford proclaimed that the Penguins would be extremely active...
Via isportsweb.com
June 29, 2014  |  1 Comment

Ex-'Canes exec Rutherford gets fresh start as Penguins GM

Few Eastern Conference general managers can match Jim Rutherford's run with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2001-09 (seven total seasons). During that span, the Hurricanes advanced to the conference finals three times, won the Prince of Wales Trophy twice (conference champions) and captured the Stanley Cup in 2006. Most of those teams were underdogs and overachievers. After this regular...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Rutherford out, Ron Francis in as GM of Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes didn't have a lot of veterans on the roster this year, but perhaps the oldest and most well-respected announced he will be stepping down this year. Jim Rutherford, who until Monday had been the longest-tenured General Manager in the NHL, announced he would step down in that capacity with the Hurricanes. In his place will be another executive...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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