Rutherford rumored for GM job in Pittsburgh
Posted June 3, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is rumored to be a candidate for the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager opening, according to an ESPN report Tuesday.
Add veteran executive Jim Rutherford to the Pittsburgh GM search mix... hearing Pens have also reached out to him..— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 3, 2014
The 65-year-old Rutherford had been the general manager of the Hurricanes for 20 years and remains part of the ownership group.
Rutherford told WRAL Tuesday, "I don't have any comment on this as I am under contract with the Canes."
NHL analyst for NBC Pierre McGuire confirmed to a Toronto radio station that he has had contact with Pittsburgh for the position also.
The Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero on May 16 after he held the position for nine years. He led the team to a Stanley Cup win in 2009.
Ron Francis was named the new general manager of the Hurricanes April 28. He relieved Kirk Muller of his head coaching duties the following week. The Hurricanes are still searching for their next head coach as the NHL season moves to the Stanley Cup finals.
Many people have pointed to current New York Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson as a potential replacement for Muller. Samuelsson played for the Hartford Whalers and was a teammate with Francis on two Stanley Cup championship teams in Pittsburgh in the 1990s.