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JIM RUTHERFORD RUMORS

So Rutherford said he wants to re-sign Fleury

A little over a month ago, Marc-Andre Fleury was asked about his future plans and responded by stating that he would prefer to end his career in Pittsburgh.  A free agent at season’s end, Fleury reiterated his love for the city, fans, team, and coaching staff.  Marc-Andre Fleury said all the things you’d expect Marc-Andre Fleury to say. Today, GM Jim Rutherford was...
Via The Pensblog
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

The Penguins Are Fun Again Thanks To Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston by @MadChad412

I want to be clear, Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a lot of games, including a Stanley Cup. The playoff failures and the lack of player development eventually cost them both their jobs. That being said, I don't expect the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup every single year nor should you. Perhaps the most startling thing that happened during the Bylsma...
Via PensInitiative
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hornqvist: Exactly the Player We Thought He Was by @PandaPSU

(Photo Courtesy of PittsburghPenguins.com)When the Penguins finally decided on new general manager Jim Rutherford this summer, it did not take very long for him to make some waves. Rutherford was hired June 6, and on June 27, just three weeks later, James Neal found himself with a one-way ticket to Nashville. The return surely had to be a king's ransom, right? The Penguins found...
Via PensInitiative
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Checking in on the Top Six by @BrianK_PI

Jim Rutherford inherited a Penguins roster that still had much of the talent from the back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup Finals but had seen the supporting cast slowly deteriorate over the five years since then. When free agency opened Rutherford move quickly, adding Steve Downie, Blake Comeau, and re-signing Marcel Goc to help fortify the bottom six while adding a very good backup...
Via PensInitiative
September 07, 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...
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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