While the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings get set to square off for the Stanley Cup, all news around the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to involve the search for a new general manager.
While most of the talk about the Penguins vacant general manager position continues to swirl around Pierre McGuire, another name has been added to the mix.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, ex-Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford had also interviewed for the position.
Add Jim Rutherford’s name to the list of those who have interviewed for Penguins vacant gm job.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 3, 2014
Rutherford, 65, was recently replaced as the general manager in Carolina by former Penguins’ center Ron Francis after 20 years on the job.
Like McGuire, Rutherford also has ties to the Pittsburgh organization, having played as a goaltender for the team from 1971-74. Since 1994, he has been president and part owner of the Hurricanes, who were the Hartford Whalers up until 1997.
For past decade-plus, he was also the team’s general manager, building the Hurricanes that won the Stanley Cup in 2006.
As a player, Rutherford was credited with starting the popular trend of hockey goalies decorating their masks in 1976.
As for McGuire, he confirmed reports of being in the mix for the Penguins opening during a radio interview with TSN 1050, saying that he has had discussions with the Penguins organization.
— TSN 1050 Toronto (@TSN1050Radio) June 3, 2014
We will continue to keep you updated as the Penguins search for a new GM continues and more names become available.