from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* It would do The Game a lot of good if goalie pads were further trimmed from side to side.
* My view is that Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston have everything in place for their Penguins -- except for goaltending.
* Biggest challenge for Rutherford-Johnston is to convince Pittsburgh fans that the regular season has meaning.
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...
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...
Jim Rutherford isn't easing himself into the Penguins' coaching search.
He interviewed a total of seven candidates to replace Dan Bylsma Monday and Tuesday and has one name left in his list of possibilities.
But even though that final candidate is supposed to meet with Rutherford and members of his staff today, that doesn't mean a hiring is imminent.
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.
A TSN report names Jim Rutherford as the next general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (AP) In a move that could be classified as surprising by many, the Pittsburgh Penguins have identified their successor to Ray Shero as general manager. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Friday morning that Jim Rutherford, who stepped down this offseason after 20 years as general manager of the Carolina...
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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...