May 9, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (left) celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period along with center Sidney Crosby (87) and defenseman Kris Letang (right) in game five of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford Could Invite More Players To Training Camp

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:

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.

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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