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Final Day–PHN Penguins GM for a Day Contest, Voting Wednesday



Pittsburgh Penguins GM JIm Rutherford talks trade rumors

We’ve received plenty of submissions on PHN’s first annual GM for a Day contest. We’re in the process of editing and we will begin to publish submissions Sunday night. By Wednesday, everything will be published, and voting via social media will begin.

The prizes are your choice of a $25.00 Redbeard’s gift card (click on the Redbeard’s banner below!), one of my bobbleheads, or you get to be a guest on our next Penguins live chat.

There are some rules: You can offer trades, but you can’t make trades. You are bound by CBA and NHL salary cap rules. We won’t publish vulgarity or hate. Keep the submissions under 1000 words but try to make them at least 200 words.

There are some rules, obviously. We’re not sticklers but we are in charge and whatever we say, goes.


Good luck!

Original Story:

Admit it, to a certain degree we are all armchair GMs. Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford has the most second-guessed job among the Penguins fan base. And sometimes you are right.

What would you do if you were the Penguins GM for 24 hours and had total control?

Over the past several weeks, PHN has analyzed the Penguins situation from every angle. We have laid out the expected costs for the Penguins RFAs Marcus Pettersson and Zach Aston-Reese (ok, we nailed Aston-Reese’s value according to Hockey Graphs but were a little high on Pettersson). We have laid out the path for the Penguins to get under the cap without making a significant trade. And we’ve laid out three trade scenarios in which the Penguins could save money.

Now, it is your turn. For real.

There are a few rules for this contest. First, you can’t make trades but you can make offers. You are bound by the NHL salary cap rules and the CBA. We will clean up submissions before publishing, so no vulgarity or ugly hate, if possible. And keep the submissions under 1000 words but make sure they are at least 200 words. Bullet points are fine as long as you write a few thoughts, too. You don’t have to be a subscriber to enter, this is free to all!

Email submissions to

You will also vote on the winner via Twitter and Facebook. We do reserve the right to not publish submissions based on various factors including insanity (if you’re making an offer for Connor McDavid, step away from the keyboard). Someone has to be in charge of this rodeo, so that’s us.

The winner will get fame, and fortune and everything that goes with it (No not really). But you will get to choose one of my bobbleheads or a $25.00 Redbeard’s gift certificate. Or, if you really want–you can be a guest on one of my Penguins Live chats (why?!)

So, click on the Redbeard’s banner above to make sure they stick around, too! Check out the daily specials and stop by for a happy hour or all-you-can-eat hot wings on Wednesday.

Not bad a haul for simply banging out what you think the Pittsburgh Penguins can or should do, is it? It’s not like you won’t opine about the topic on the barstool or social media anyway.

So–have at it! We’ll start publishing submissions later this week. Since we’re not sure if we’ll get five or 500 submissions, we’ll set a voting date later this week, too. I can’t wait to read our thoughts. Bombs away!