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Dan’s Daily: Fleury Now 4th All-Time, Rutherford Admits Disagreement

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Former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie now Sin City franchise face in the desert Marc-Andre Fleury passed Ed Belfour as the fourth all-time winningest goalie in the NHL. Former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitted a sharp disagreement led to his resignation. The Penguins changed their lines on Wednesday at practice, which was also the first on-ice go with Penguins trade prize Jeff Carter.

There are 31 teams in the NHL, but do any dominate a news cycle quite like the Pittsburgh Penguins?

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Jeff Carter’s first practice with the Penguins created a couple of big changes on the Penguins lines and a pretty good Jason Zucker chirp.

PHN+: From Sam Lafferty’s future to out-of-the-box thinking–Five observations and questions after Carter’s first practice. 

We thank our 500 new subscribers this season! (521, to be exact). The independent hockey rebels here. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Marc-Andre Fleury. Win #485. He passed Ed Belfour as the fourth all-time winningest goalie. 

Quick Fleury story–there are so many–On his last night in Pittsburgh, he spent the evening at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Cranberry signing autographs. He talked with every person in line. He could have rolled through, signed, and moved on, but he talked to people with a permanent smile. Afterward, the media who covered the event lined up to shake his hand.

Vegas coach Pete DeBoer had better hand him the playoff net and let him run with it. No quick-hook silliness. He’s earned it.

Sportsnet Video: I thought Christine Simpson might crack former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. She at least got him to admit a sharp disagreement.

New info: Rutherford wanted Ron Hextall to succeed him…someday. And Rutherford wants his next role to be President of Hockey Operations.

Someday, I’ll crack the story. I’ve been told two different stories from different parts of the Penguins org. The stories differ too greatly to piece them together for one truth. Even that speaks to the abrupt and confidential nature of the story.

Times-Herald: In related news, long-time underling Jason Karmanos whom the Penguins axed last summer, has a new job with the Buffalo Sabres. 

Rutherford’s contract is up in June. Does anyone want to bet against Rutherford having a job in Buffalo before July 4?

National Hockey Now:

NYI: NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is under a cloud of credible sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations, took time out of his denials to tout the New York Islanders new arena as an example of the post-COVID New York. 

Philly: Philadelphia Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher admitted he woke up on Monday and didn’t know if they would sign or trade Scott Laughton. 

Boston: The Bruins have a pair of rookie goalies who sparkled in Tuuka Rask’s absence. One of them is going to stick around for a while. 

San Jose: Joachim Blichfield has had a wild year. From his controversial headshot on Nathan MacKinnon to the following goal slump, it’s been a crazy ride. 

Colorado: Starting goalie Philip Grubauer tested positive, so it’s Devan Dubnyk’s net for now, and he was pretty, pretty, pretty good on Wednesday. Dooooobb!

Vegas: Vegas and Colorado remain on a collision course. More on Fleury’s #485. 

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Steve
Steve
3 months ago

Like sands through the hour glass…I can’t help but feel like Rutherford likes the drama a little bit. If it’s not something you want to get into, then don’t talk about it. Stop the drip, drip, drip of news. Lastly, he wanted Hextall to replace him eventually? Since when? Did he ever say the same to Botterill, Guerin, Fitzgerald, etc.? I agree that the story will likely be told one day, but this sort of teasing on Rutherford’s part makes me glad he resigned.

William Maloni
William Maloni
3 months ago

What do political allegations against Andrew Cuomo matter when the subject is “hockey?”

mason
mason
3 months ago

He has earned to the right to never be an NHL GM again. But he does have value. He is good for PR, great to dream up crazy trade ideas that the GM can choose to ignore or improve upon, and he has some people skills. The more I hear about him tho, I begin to doubt his people skills. He treats players seemingly well, but front office folks and others, perhaps not to the same extent.

crazyhorse87
crazyhorse87
3 months ago

Rutherford put together this team & Hextall added Carter, it does look very promising. But I would bet that Rutherford would’ve dismantled it if he stuck around. When the team was going through that down moment, the wheels most likely would’ve been spinning in his head. So the timing was right for him to resign, there’s no telling what the Pens would’ve looked like when it was all said and done.

Steven Kalabokes
Steven Kalabokes
3 months ago

Rutherford did s very good job fur the Pens. I think he batted .400. Many of the trades he made were of high quality. He’s only human and yes he made some bad trades like Johnson and Pearson, but gut the
Most part he had some gems who are now helping the Pens win as they are heading to the top of the pile.

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

That’s also part of my thinking. He helped assemble this team and they are contenders. Human nature may lead one to seek attention and recognition for that. I wonder though if the argument could be that Rutherford quitting jolted the team and organization. So is it Rutherford leaving that was his biggest contribution this season?

He did well for the Pens mostly. It sure seems he is going to Buffalo. If it really is a private matter for him, keep it private and enjoy your new venture. Tell Kevyn Adams he always hoped he would take over for him, eventually.

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