Pittsburgh Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford has been a busy man this summer.
Let’s look at the moves he’s made since becoming GM so far:
- Fired Dan Byslma; hired Mike Johnston as head coach
- Named Bill Guerin, Tom Fitzgerald Assistant GMs
- Named Jason Botterill Associate GM
- Named Jason Karmanos Vice President of Hockey Operations
- Named Jacques Martin Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations
- Hired Gary Agnew, Rick Tocchet as assistant coaches
- Drafted forward Kasperi Kapanen 22nd overall
- Traded James Neal to Nashville for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling
- Signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff
- Signed forward Blake Comeau
- Signed goaltender Thomas Greiss
- Signed forward Steve Downie
- Signed defenseman Taylor Chorney
- Re-signed forwards Nick Drazenovic, Bobby Farnham, Marcel Goc, Jayson Megna, Zach Sill and defenseman Philip Samuelsson
- Signed forward Nick Spaling
Rutherford’s accomplished all of this is a matter of roughly two months, and he could be looking to do more.
Although Brandon Sutter remains to be the focus point right now, Rutherford has said it’s possible more moves could occur in the coming months.
According to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rutherford reportedly said he may be interested in signing/inviting other players to a training camp tryout come September.
#Penguins GM Rutherford said Sutter contract is last pressing issue this summer but could look at signing or inviting others to camp tryout.
— Shelly Anderson (@pgshelly) July 31, 2014
While there’s a definite possibility Rutherford could invite players to showcase their skills, it’s hard to imagine the team will be able to afford another signing. With only $4,230,833 million in cap space left – per Cap Geek – most of that money is going to be for Sutter, making it extremely unlikely anybody else will be inked.
It’s a shame though, because a player like Dustin Penner could really make a difference in that Pens’ lineup. If he gets an invite, and say one of their cheaper players were to be put on waivers, then I could see Pittsburgh being able to orchestrate another signing.
As it stands, we should expect there to be invites only. That Rutherford can do.
However, in the little time he’s been the Pens’ GM, Rutherford’s shown to be pretty unpredictable. So, we shouldn’t rule anything out.
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