TSN: Frank Seravalli said that Jim Rutherford still has good relations with the Pittsburgh Penguins Organization after his resignation yesterday.
Bob McKenzie reported that the soon-to-be 72-year-old will not be eliminated from ice hockey.
** NHLRumors.com transcription
“In this case, it does not mean that Jim Rutherford is announcing his resignation. His decision is to move away from the Penguins, and he will spend the rest of this year, the final year of his contract with the Penguins, evaluating his options to see if he wants to stay in the game in the future.
Now there will be no shortage of candidates to line up for this coveted job in the NHL, and the Penguins announced on Wednesday that Patrik Allvin will assume the preliminary role for the moment until the board search can begin. Allvin is actually the first Swedish Native to hold this GM title in NHL history.
But like I said, there will be a ton of candidates hired by former Penguins General Manager Jason Botterill, recently hired in Seattle to add perhaps New York Rangers’ assistant GM Chris Drury and a host of others Candidates with whom he will come in contact The Penguins.
Jim Rutherford, who has just dropped seven games mid-season for this fascinating and unique 2020-21 pandemic season, is leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins in a surprising way. “
Ken Campbell: Jim Rutherford said on the phone that “it is time to take it easy” and that he will spend the rest of this season deciding whether to retire or return to the game with another organization.
“In the next 4 or 5 months I will decide whether I want to continue or just retire.”
Sean Gentile from The Athletic: Searching for potential candidates for the Penguins GM position.
The Lemieux Connection – Pat Brisson, Tom Fitzgerald, Pierre McGuire, Marc Bergevin and Jason Botterill.
Jim Rutherford 2.0 – Ron Hextall, Peter Chiarelli, Dean Lombardi and Mike Gillis.
Offspring – Patrik Allvin, Chris Drury, Chris MacFarland and Kevin Weekes.
The Bill Zito Teir – Laurence Gilman, Mike Futa and Scott Mellanby.