Last night on Insider Trading on TSN, Bob McKenzie tells us that Carolina Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford is getting “extremely frustrated”with his team’s play.
”Carolina is a hot spot right now. General manager Jim Rutherford is one of the most patient GMs in the NHL but that patience is definitely wearing thin. There’s no coaching change planned right now; head coach Kirk Muller‘s not in imminent danger. But another week or two of underachieving the way they have been and all bets are off. Off the ice, on the ice, Rutherford is getting extremely frustrated the way his team is looking. And anything is possible if this team keeps taking a nose dive.”
This is pretty significant news. Jim Rutherford is known for being one of the most patient general managers in the NHL. If it is true that “anything is possible” if the Carolina Hurricanes continue to struggle, I think we will see unexpected trades. Will he trade Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Cam Ward, or Justin Faulk? No, that would be going too far, in my opinion, but if struggles continue, Tim Gleason, Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo Ruutu, Riley Nash, Justin Peters, and Anton Khudobin could all be on the table.
Though we haven’t really seen an “impatient” Jim Rutherford, it may be a good thing for the team, especially if the Carolina Hurricanes can not turn it around in the next eleven days. They have six games in the next eleven days. This stretch will decide what Jim Rutherford does with this team. This will be very interesting to watch.