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Penguins Bottom Six Exceeding Expectations

Jim Rutherford has done a lot of great things for the Penguins, but perhaps one of his most impactful recent endeavors was his work to change the Penguins imbalance. In recent years, the Penguins management team pushed all their chips onto the plate of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Now, that’s partially understandable; these two forwards are among the best in the game and are...
Via The Pensblog
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Break Down: The Jim Rutherford puff piece that can only leave you shaking your head

Disclaimer – because you can’t say anything bad about the Penguins anymore without thousands of irrational Penguin fans, and journalists accusing you of “hating” the Penguins. 1. Yes, in a rare attempt to beat people to a story. We said we heard that Jim Rutherford would be fired after last season. Of course that didn’t happened. As “journalists” and many of the people...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Penguins GM to columnist: ‘You’re a (expletive) jerk’

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford allegedly confronted Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Rob Rossi in a Consol Energy Center elevator on Monday night. The Pens’ first-year GM apparently is unhappy with some critical columns Rossi has penned about the team over the past several months and finally decided enough was enough, letting the writer have it...Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Sources: Jim Rutherford will be removed as GM this offseason 

Now, we don’t get spoon-fed our info like others in town: But we’ve confirmed that Jim Rutherford is out as GM the minute the season ends, unless the season somehow ends in a Cup run. According to at least two people with knowledge of the situation, Rutherford will be asked to resign to avoid public perception that the Penguins will have fired their second GM in as many seasons...
Via The Pensblog
April 21, 2015  |  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...
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,...
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...
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...
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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