May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins players raise their sticks in a salute to the fans after defeating the Ottawa Senators in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins hire Jim Rutherford as new General Manager

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The Pittsburgh Penguins had another abysmal season this year which they become one of the best teams in hockey yet again only to flame out in the postseason and lose int he Conference Semifinals.

Many thought that the loss would end up costing head coach Dan Bylsma his job but it was instead general manager Ray Sharpiro who got axed and has since been replaced with another general manager who exited his post this offseason.

According to Bob McKenzie from TSN, the Penguins have hired former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford to head up the front office and try to right the ship.

Rutherford was a decent general manager in Carolina but didn’t cut it enough in recent years to save his job. He had been with the organization for 20 years, dating back to their days as the Hartford Whalers, and has won a Stanley Cup as a member of their front office.

He walks into one of the most pristine jobs in all of hockey with the Penguins, as he has a Stanley Cup caliber roster at his disposal and will be tasked with adding talent to it that ensures another early postseason exit does not happen again in 2014-15.

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  • Frost

    This article has some problems: First, the GM fired was Ray Shero nor Ray Shapiro. Second, losing in the second round of the playoffs is not an abysmal season (underwhelming maybe but not abysmal). Third, you should probably mention TSN’s original mistake declaring that the original press conference was to fire both Shero and Bylsma so there is skepticism about this report.