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He’s Back! Jim Rutherford to Join Vancouver Canucks as President and Interim GM

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Jim Rutherford Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Deadline

After leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins unexpectedly in January of 2021, former Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is back in the NHL. The 72-year old Hockey Hall of Famer is expected to sign a deal with the Vancouver Canucks soon in upper management.

The Canucks recently cleaned house and fired head coach Travis Green, assistant coach Nolan Baumgartner, assistant general manager John Weisbrod, and general manager Jim Benning. They have since replaced head coach Green with Bruce Boudreau and are 2-0 since the change.

Rutherford will reportedly serve as the team’s president and interim general manager as the Canucks look for a more permanent solution to their managerial vacancy.

Rutherford spent seven years in Pittsburgh and was one of the most outspoken and trade-happy general managers in the league. He came into the Penguins organization in the summer of 2014 and cleaned house replacing Ray Shero, firing Dan Bylsma, and trading away James Neal.

He then went on to carefully construct the Penguins back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Rosters in 2016 and 2017. He acquired big players like Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist but also made huge under-the-radar moves such as bringing in guys like Trevor Daley, Carl Hagelin, and Matt Cullen.

While the effects of his trade-happy style of management may have caught up to the Penguins, Jim Rutherford is a Hockey Hall of Famer, GM of Year Award Winner, and Three-time Stanley Cup Champion.

Perhaps the Penguins and Canucks can establish a better connection on the NHL trade bait front with Rutherford now in the front office for the time being.

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Owen Krepps is a senior at Robert Morris University and an intern sportswriter for Pittsburgh Hockey Now. He also writes for Colonial Sports Network, Pittsburgh Sports Now, RMU Sentry Media, Pittsburgh Sports Castle, and formerly Vegas Hockey Now and The Titusville Herald. He also runs his own YouTube channel by the name of Owen Krepps.

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Cal
Cal
6 months ago

Great to see trader JR back in the fold…..now, go get JT for Zuck

Bachinga
Bachinga
6 months ago

Well…we now know where we can get a good player, a prospect and a first rounder for Simon and Lafferty…

Katz
Katz
6 months ago
Reply to  Bachinga

Simon stays with Sullivan forever more.

Katz
Katz
6 months ago

I would think Kapanen since Rutherford already married him twice. Why not 3 times?

Ujn Hunter
6 months ago
Reply to  Katz

Boeser and a 1st for Kappy?

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