Per reports, the Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Jim Rutherford as their new General Manager. Jim Rutherford served as GM of the Carolina Hurricanes for 20 years prior to be relieved of his duties on April 28, 2014.
Jim Rutherford was among many candidates to be the new Gm of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Other candidates for the job included NBCSN’s Pierre McGuire, Julian BriseBois, Jason Botterill, and others.
Jim Rutherford will have to negotiate contracts with former Hurricanes Jussi Jokinen and Brandon Sutter this offseason. He will also have to make decisions on pending free agents Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Simon Despres, Brian Gibbons, Joe Vitale, Tanner Glass, Taylor Pyatt, Marcel Goc, and Lee Stempniak this offseason.
Ray Shero was fired as the Pittsburgh Penguins GM on May 16, 2014. It took the Pittsburgh Penguins well under one month to find his replacement, and they found a guy that is definitely qualified for the job.
Jim Rutherford had his highs and lows with the Carolina Hurricanes organization, but in the end, he should ultimately be remembered as the man who helped bring a great hockey organization to a small, southern market and winning a Stanley Cup in 2006.
Jim Rutherford is probably a short-term option for the Pittsburgh Penguins as GM. He will likely be responsible for grooming a young “GM in training”, like he did with Ron Francis.