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Penguins Not In Rush To Give Marc-Andre Fleury Extension Before Season

Marc-Andre Fleury was once expected to be the goaltender of the Pittsburgh Penguins for a long time, but that was five years ago and a lot has changed. Since he led the Penguins to their third Stanley Cup championship in 2009, Fleury has been the primary, or one of the top reasons why Pittsburgh has failed to reach the Cup Final over the last four seasons. Fleury’s contract expires...
Via NESN.com
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is almost certain to enter the 2014-15 season without a new contract, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. Fleury's agent, Allan Walsh, is fine with the arrangement. Rutherford on Monday told the Tribune-Review that signing Fleury, who could become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2015, isn't on his immediate agenda. “I'm not in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Penguins “not in a hurry” to give Fleury a new contract

Marc-Andre Fleury may end up playing with the Penguins beyond 2014-15, but for now his contract status is on hold. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford commented on contract negotiations, stating that he’s not in any hurry to get a deal done, but he’s confident that Fleury is Pittsburgh’s goalie. Rutherford’s comments, as seen on Trib Live, reveal some interesting information about...
Via Bloguin Best
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins not in hurry to give Fleury new contract

Marc-Andre Fleury may end up playing with the Penguins beyond 2014-15, but for now his contract status is on hold. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford commented on contract negotiations, stating that he’s not in any hurry to get a deal done, but he’s confident that Fleury is Pittsburgh’s goalie. Rutherford’s comments, as seen on Trib Live, reveal some interesting information about...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Penguins – Review of aTrend-Setting Off-Season

Wikipedia Almost three months have passed since the Pittsburgh Penguins have relieved former general manager Ray Shero of his duties. Three months since the Pittsburgh Penguins have heralded a new era in franchise history. More than two months since the Pittsburgh Penguins have announced Jim Rutherford to be their new general manager, to be THE guy who maneuvers the Penguins through...
Via TopSportsReport
10 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
13 days ago  |  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
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Re-Sign Brandon Sutter

Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images New Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford wasn’t going to lose center Brandon Sutter for a second time. Rutherford, who was Carolina’s GM at the 2012 NHL Draft, included him in the deal that sent center Jordan Staal to the Hurricanes. He did not want to give up Sutter, but he had to in order to acquire Staal. It’s amazing how many things...
Via The PensNation
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins News: Brandon Sutter's Negotiations Progressing

The Pittsburgh Penguins have just one more restricted free agent to re-sign: Brandon Sutter.#490106785 / gettyimages.com"The best way to characterize the process is it's moving in the right direction. I would suspect by next week we might be able to get something done," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said.Sutter, still just 25, is coming off a three-year $6.2M contract...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens GM aims to strike deal with Sutter by next week

Depth was one of the biggest knocks on the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins, so it’s no surprise that’s been a focus during this offseason (maybe even to the detriment of their higher-end). Such a change of pace might help to explain why they’re taking some time to reach a deal with Brandon Sutter. On the bright side, new GM Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that...
Via Pro Sports Daily
24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Jim Rutherford July Approval Ratings

Since the last time we ran this Jim Rutherford has been a busy man. - He hired Mike Johnson. And Rick Tocchet. - He traded James Neal. - He signed Christian Ehrhoff - He signed Steve Downie. - He drafted a European forward. After recieving a 88% disapproval rating, it was only up to go for Carolina Jim, and we feel he has gone up. Place your ballot here:  
Via The Pensblog
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacques Martin is now Pittsburgh’s senior advisor of hockey operations

The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin senior advisor of hockey operations, the club announced today. From the press release: His duties will include monitoring NHL games, with an emphasis on Eastern Conference teams, assessing how the Penguins compare to the competition. He will report his information to general manager Jim Rutherford. Martin, who spent last season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacques Martin Named Penguins “Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations”

The Penguins announced today that Jacques Martin has been named “Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.” “His duties will include monitoring NHL games, with an emphasis on Eastern Conference teams, assessing how the Penguins compare to the competition. He will report his information to general manager Jim Rutherford.” We find it weird that Martin is being given an office role...
Via The Pensblog
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Name Jacques Martin Senior Advisor Of Hockey Operations

via the Pittsburgh Penguins, The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin senior advisor of hockey operations, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Martin, 61, has over 25 years of NHL experience as a general manager, head coach and assistant coach with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Florida, Ottawa, Colorado/Quebec, Chicago...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 23, 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

Free Agent Frenzy?

Following up a successful draft weekend, GM Jim Rutherford dipped his toe into the free agent market with signings that all epitomize the term value. The best bargain signing by far was bringing in Christian Ehrhoff on a one year deal at $4 million. A top four defenseman who moves the puck very well and can quarterback a powerplay unit at that price and term made perfect sense for...
Via TopSportsReport
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Rutherford Made The Right Moves

from Sam Page of Sports Illustrated, Rutherford’s strategy for fixing this hasn’t so much been to bolster the bottom half as to erase the traditional top six/bottom six divide completely. His first move—trading Neal for Hornqvist and Spaling—typified this mentality. He parted with the team’s best winger for two forwards whose odd skill sets allowed them to play all...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins: Out With The Old, In With The New by @pghgirl15222

Last season ended exactly like most have in recent years; with a stink of disappointment. The Penguins of the 2013 began as a team constantly finding ways to overcome injures that might have cost other teams their whole season. They finished with a record of 51-24-7, with a debilitating 529 man games lost. I am not certain, but I believe there was an average of 6 men lost per game...
Via PensInitiative
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

New general manager Rutherford, Penguins in favor of short-term deals

The Penguins aren't interested in long-term relationships these days. General manager Jim Rutherford has signed six unrestricted free agents who could play prominent roles for the Penguins next season — defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forwards Steve Downie, Blake Comeau, Marcel Goc and Zach Sill — in the opening days of the NHL free agency signing...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pens hope to reach long-term deal with Brandon Sutter

In the past four days, the Penguins have lost 10 players who saw NHL game action last season to free agency. That doesn't include right wing James Neal, who was traded last week. General manager Jim Rutherford said he doesn't mind. Rutherford made it clear when he replaced Ray Shero changes were coming. “I think we've done a lot of good things during these past few...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 05, 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

Jim Rutherford Feels The Penguins Have Improved At Every Position

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rutherford had a chance to reflect a bit on all that has transpired since he succeeded Ray Shero as GM May 6, and he clearly is satisfied with what has been accomplished so far. "I feel very good about what's happened," he said. He seemed particularly pleased with the hiring of coach Mike Johnston, even...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Next set of tasks looms for Penguins GM Jim Rutherford

The Penguins made no surprise free-agent signings Thursday. Didn't pull off any trades, either. And, while it still is possible that they'll work something out with another free agent or two -- and a trade to further remake their roster certainly can't be ruled out -- general manager Jim Rutherford soon should be able to begin devoting a little time to more mundane...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins Free-Agent Update: Where’s the Beef?

In the wake of Ray Shero’s dismissal in May, Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle repeatedly stressed the need for more grit and character. On the first day of free agency new Pens GM Jim Rutherford devised a novel approach for addressing that need. He let the team’s grit-and-character guys bolt. In a mass departure unrivaled since the Exodus Deryk Engelland, Tanner Glass...
Via PenguinPoop
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Update: Penguins Sign Thomas Greiss

The remake of the Pittsburgh Penguins continues under general manager Jim Rutherford with the signing of goalie Thomas Greiss.Go ahead, read the rest »
Via PensInitiative
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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