BREAKING: Jim Rutherford Resigns as General Manager

BREAKING: Jim Rutherford Resigns as General Manager

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BREAKING: Jim Rutherford Resigns as General Manager

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Just your casual, Wednesday afternoon news dump.

Said Rutherford, in his statement through the Penguins:

“It has been a great honor to serve as general manager of the Penguins, and to hang two more Stanley Cup banners at PPG Paints Arena,” Rutherford said. “I have so many people to thank, beginning with the owners, Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux, and team president David Morehouse. There always has been so much support from everyone involved with the Penguins, both on the hockey and business staffs, and, of course, from a special group of players led by Sidney Crosby. The fans here have been tremendous to me and my family. I know it’s a little unusual to have this happen during a season, but just felt this was the right time to step away.”

Recently promoted Patrik Allvin will assume interim duties from his Assistant GM post as the Pens search for a new GM and will get some consultation from the Big Guy.

Obviously, we hope everything is okay with Rutherford and his family.

Though some of his roster decisions over the last 3+ years have raised more than a handful of concerns, it shouldn’t be forgotten that he had a hand in the architecture of the back-to-back Cups.  For that, we are forever grateful.


Update (3:03 PM)

Not health related, so that’s a positive here.

And, from Rutherford himself:

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