PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 28: Tim Murray, General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres speaks with Jim Rutherford, General Manager of the Pittsburg Penguins on Day Two of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 28, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
This a column by Mike Colligan that appears every Monday morning on The Pensblog. You can find more of Mike’s work at his site, ColliganHockey.com.
(1) Which rumors are true? Which rumors are made up?
I get very skeptical of anything I hear in the month leading up to the trade deadline.
Front offices use the media as pawns to manipulate the trade market. Agents do the same to...
Jim Rutherford gave an interesting interview to Sportsnet590 today. You can listen to it here.
Rutherford hints that he really wants to see Christian Ehrhoff back before deciding on the D. He seems pretty clear that he isn’t looking for big-time, game changing player.
Guess we’ll see.
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...
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...
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.
His shrewd business plan has landed the Penguins a quality group of bottom-six forwards, most of them on one-year deals,...
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...
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...
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...
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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...