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Dan’s Daily: Rutherford Ready to Work Again, Kessel Keeps Scoring



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15 June 2016: Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford celebrates and waves to fans during the Pittsburgh Penguins 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Champions Victory Parade in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire)

Someday, someone will slip and tell the real story of former Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and the 24 hours leading up to his resignation. For now, it remains an elusive mystery worthy of the History Channel blaming aliens.

Rutherford wants to get back into the game. We also have a bevy of Penguins stories on the off-day, including a well-read and much-discussed column about the Penguins’ toughness and what comes next. Oh, and Phil Kessel is filling the net this season.

That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds, and snakes, and aeroplanes…

The Athletic: Jim Rutherford wants to get back into the game. He’s had about one month off.

Do you think this makes the Penguins or Rutherford look bad? Pop by in the comments section below.

PHN: Yep, Tom Wilson exposed the Penguins have a need for a tough answer. 

**PHN+: P.O. Joseph has been down the last few games and played a season-low 12:51 on Thursday. So, here’s Joseph’s situation and what Mike Sullivan thinks.

And, if you want to be a bit irritated, the Philadelphia Flyers are making plans to have fans in the arena as early as next week, while the Commonwealth is slow-walking Pittsburgh Penguins fans into April. 

Now, a little treat for you hot dog missing Phil Kessel fans…

Yahoo: Kessel has eight goals this season and markers in two straight. Here’s Phil Kessel on Friday.

It is good to see Kessel getting after it after an abysmal year in 2019-20.

Sportsnet: The Calgary Flames are teetering. Their fragile roster may need a shakeup.

Sorry, that’s as close to NHL trade rumors as we’ll get this morning.

National Hockey Now

Boston Hockey Now: Things are getting sketchy in Boston. The New York Rangers humbled the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers were dealt a bad hand; they had to play a few games with six players on the COVID list. Now they are getting healthy and players are returning from that COVID list.

NYI Hockey Now: A lot of teams wanted J-G Pageau when Ottawa made him available. The Islanders ponied up a fair price, and Pageau has been worth every penny. 

Florida Hockey Now: Remember Olli Jokinen? The Panthers’ captain tortured the Penguins and now Jokinen is coaching his own team in Finland (which means the Penguins will probably be watching).

SJ Hockey Now: Tomas Hertl is recovering well, and Erik Karlsson is a full participant at practice.

Colorado Hockey Now: Colorado hung on–barely–Avs beat the surging Coyotes.

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Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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1 year ago

I don’t really think this makes either party look bad. This is just a case of two sides moving on for reasons that neither feels compelled to discuss with third parties. Obviously there is something that triggered this. Like most, I am curious, but at this point don’t much care. On the list of things that matter these days, sports/hockey is very far down the list. So just as I do not much care about Kim and Kanye drama I put this GMJR theater in the same category. It impacts nothing and even if I knew the full story .… Read more »
1 year ago

Probably not going to be a popular opinion, however what he did was crappy! Adults use their words and try to workout their differences. Not just quit when they do not get their way. And from reports no one in ownership even knew he had an issue. TY Jim for the 2 cups, but don’t let the door hit you in the ass as you leave our beloved town!

1 year ago

I agree. Acted like a petulant child. Poor example to his kid to quit when you don’t get your way. I still think it came down to the lack of extension. He wanted now and not get let go if we didn’t make the playoffs. So he controlled the narrative so he doesn’t have to answer questions about being let go in his next interview process. Personally, he did us a solid by leaving. Hextall has what it takes to build up our farm system compared to Rutherford.

1 year ago

My money is on Burke being the one that ultimately says something that sheds light on the organization’s spin of what happened. But, like others said here, it’s moot. JR quit, Pens moved on, and professional sports are a “what have you done for me lately” business. JR’s quitting already seems like years ago.

1 year ago

I honestly could care less his reason He’s gone I wish him well. G- d bless but tootles.