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Penguins' GM Jim Rutherford's season-closing comments will not improve



After the players the media earlier in the day, it was time for management. As usual, general manager Jim Rutherford did not disappoint in giving lots of details.

Emotion is normal after just being swept in the first round. Rutherford was asked about the Penguins 'speed on.

The Penguins this season by the way were: [19659009] 26th in the NHL in total shots allowed (196.3 per game)

  • 29th in total 5v5 Corsi events allowed
  • 25th in total 5v5 Fenwick events allowed
  • 16th in total 5v5 scoring chances allowed
  • 17th in 5v5
  • That's bottom-half of the league in everything, and near absolute bottom in most.

    The Jack Johnson and Erik Gudbranson in the past 12 months have had a mixed bag at best when considering the combined salary cap hit that $ 7.25 million the proposition sours further results were defensively below-average. [19659017] If Rutherford intended hey we got Brian Dumoulin and Kris Letang as a great top pair, Justin Schultz and Olli Maatta to be top-four guys and then some depth, that's one thing.

    One would think to make a change with Maatta, a healthy scratch in the playoffs. Would it expand to Phil Kettle? Patric Hornqvist? Bryan Rust?

    A question I'd ask is how tight-knit can a team get when GM trades six of the 23 players that start the season in a four month stretch? And that does not count Tanner Pearson who got traded to and then traded out in the season! Perhaps GM meddling and the tinkering of constant trades would prohibit building chemistry? Just a thought.

    As Gretz wrote yesterday for NBC, the Pens roster composition and construction in the last two years has been unsettled at best, at worst a complete change of direction from what brought them success in 2016 and 2017: [19659023] seagull – to be at odds with the way the ship has arrived behind the bench. Rutherford and Sullivan and they are still on the same page.

    They paid a significant price for Reaves, and the Coach did not play him. The general manager celebrates the signing of Johnson all season, and in spite of all the regular season games that have been ridden in the first game of the playoffs. A team that wants to play a pug-possession of a gang of people in a state of transition and possession of a pug-possession game.

    But a bad series

    What is not understandable and defensible?

    The moves they make this summer will tell us a lot about what they learned from it.

    As of these comments, it does not look like much was learned. A single playoff game this season, the Pens have a long way to go. Changes may be made and players will come and go.

    Can Rutherford recapture what he did to build this team in his early days? Or will his vision result in more pain? Hopefully the team can identify exactly what they need, and then go out and make it happen.


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