Report: The Pens new GM will be Jim Rutherford

Via Bob McKenzie with reporting from the Score:

“According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ search for a new general manager is over.

Jim Rutherford ran the Carolina Hurricanes for 20 years, dating back to the franchise’s beginnings as the Hartford Whalers. He built the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

As a player, Rutherford pioneered the trend of goaltenders commissioning elaborate mask decorations during his days with Detroit when a friend painted a pair of Red Wings logos on his mask prior to a game in 1976.

If McKenzie’s information is correct, it means Pierre McGuire will remain on the air reciting players’ junior teams during NBC broadcasts rather than rejoin an NHL franchise for the first time since 1996.”

Here’s what some Carolina blogs have said about the Rutherford to the Pens rumors recently.

From Canes Country:

“After talking about being a competitor his entire life and perhaps not being able to turn that off, he refused to answer whether or not he would accept a job at another team. Also, when asked at lunch if he was still living in the area, he replied, “for now”.

As for his partial ownership of the Hurricanes, that is something that can be changed if necessary.”

From Cardiac Cane:

“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.”