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Matt’s Net-Front Presence: Rutherford Did Penguins Favor By Quitting

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The abrupt resignation of former Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford seemed to leave the team in a lurch, scrambling to restructure its leadership just as the new season gets off the ground.

But as I argue in my Net-Front Presence, Rutherford’s departure did the Penguins a big favor as they enter a pivotal phase in the franchise’s competitive arc:

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A lifelong hockey addict, Matt has been fortunate enough to make his career in his sport of choice, working in high school, juniors, college and the pros in various multimedia roles. Previous to joining PHN, Matt was a credentialed Penguins/NHL beat reporter from 2016-18, including coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. He contributes commentary and analysis here in various forms.

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Jeff Arnold
Jeff Arnold
8 months ago

Agree with the the commentary 100%

Frank
Frank
8 months ago

Matt hit that commentary on all counts. Rutherford would be as effective as GM on a retooling team as Scotty Bowman would be coaching one. Both are Hall of Fame guys with resumes not matched by many, but when you are more comfortable driving a Porsche getting behind the wheel of a Chevy just does not translate very well. Aside from the new GM and ownership not only are they going to have to grasp what is ahead but the fans are very close to having to accept a team without a generational talent leading the way. You do not… Read more »

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