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JIM RUTHERFORD RUMORS

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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
11 days ago  |  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

Penguins Need Some Nasty

I give new Penguins GM Jim Rutherford high marks for his off-season moves. Faced with dire cap constraints, he refused to overpay the team’s free agents, signed skilled defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a bargain contact, and inked key RFAs such as Brandon Sutter and Nick Spaling to new deals. Along the way JR significantly upgraded the team’s bottom six. The rebuild is 99 percent...
Via PenguinPoop
August 11, 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

First seven candidates interview for Penguins coaching job

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. "There are...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

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

Report: Penguins to name Jim Rutherford general manager

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...
Via Around The Rink
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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