The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that General Manager Jim Rutherford has resigned for personal reasons.
Rutherford has made some interesting moves (to say the least) lately but this was his decision to resign. The 71-year-old GM brought two Stanley Cups back to the city of Pittsburgh. Jim has been the man in charge of the Penguin since the 2014-2015 season.
Stunning. Did not see this coming. Told by a source it was absolutely his decision. https://t.co/sIiD7LfMoZ
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 27, 2021
Rutherford has made a giant impact on the sport of hockey. Jim will be remembered as a GM that was never afraid to make a big move. He was as active of a GM as they come. Rutherford pulled a blockbuster trade to land Phil Kessel.
Rutherfords resignation came as shock to everyone. Assistant GM Patrik Allen will immediately take over the role as the Pens interim GM. Pittsburgh will also start the search for a new GM immediately and do not want the process to be dragged out.
Pittsburgh and the rest of the hockey community will miss Jim Rutherford. As well as that, Jim was a class act as a GM and as a person. Rutherford said in a statement, “It’s a little unusual to have this happen during a season, but just felt this was the right time to step away.”
We here at Tarps Off wish the best for Rutherford and his family and thank him for his years of service to the great game of hockey. Rutherford has said his health is ok and he will wait till the summer to either join a new club or choose to retire. If this is it Jim? Hockey is better because of you.