Per reports, the Pittsburgh Penguins have interviewed Jim Rutherford, Carolina Hurricanes President, for their vacant General Manager spot.
The Pittsburgh Penguins fired GM Ray Shero on May 16. Jim Rutherford was the General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes for 20 years. He formed the Carolina Hurricanes team that won a Stanley Cup in 2006.
Pierre LeBrun broke the news about Jim Rutherford and the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday afternoon.
“Add veteran executive Jim Rutherford to the Pittsburgh GM search mix… hearing Pens have also reached out to him..”
Chip Alexander, Carolina Hurricanes writer for the News Observer, asked Jim Rutherford about the rumors and if he had any interest in the job. Jim Rutherford responded by saying that he’s under contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, and he’s not commenting.
Jim Rutherford is one of the most experienced and qualified people that have interviewed by the Pittsburgh Penguins for the job so far.
Obviously, Jim Rutherford would leave his post as President of the Carolina Hurricanes if he was to be hired by the Pittsburgh Penguins. It has been assumed that Jim Rutherford has interest in being an NHL GM again ever since he stepped down.