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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford took some of the blame for Pittsburgh's struggles this season.
Rutherford and the Penguins fired head coach Mike Johnston earlier today, but Rutherford knows he's not the only one to blame. "In fairness to our coach, part of this falls on me because I didn't get the defensemen who were necessary," said Rutherford. If the Penguins don't turn things around, it may be Rutherford who gets his walking papers next. Sat, Dec 12, 2015 06:05:00 PM

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Mike Johnston.

The Penguins also released associate coach Gary Agnew at the same time. The new head coach for the underperforming Penguins will be Mike Sullivan, the first year coach for the baby Pens at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. "I felt it was time for a coaching change because our team has underachieved," GM Jim Rutherford said. "Our expectations are much higher with this group of players.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 11:47:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a players only meeting after Saturday's 4-0 loss to New Jersey.

The Penguins have lost two straight after winning seven of eight. "Everybody that's at this level, they're pro athletes," coach Mike Johnston said. "They recognize when their effort wasn't there, their execution wasn't there. Usually they respond. I expect we'll respond to it."
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 07:52:00 AM

Coach Mike Johnston has promised changes to Pittsburgh's 0-for-17 power play, but he didn't discuss what they might be.

"We're taking another 24 hours before we actually come up with an exact plan," Johnston said after a practice Sunday. "It's something you have to look at carefully because it is early and I want to make sure that if we're making changes, it's for the right reason. Sometimes you react after the game if you don't get the goal or certain things accumulate." The top unit, consisting of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Patric Hornqvist and Kris Letang is expected to break out soon because they have been generating plenty of chances.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 03:22:00 PM

Bob Caporale, whose company Game Plan helped broker the sale of the Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues, isn't surprised that the sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins is taking as long as it is.

Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle started the process back in June when they retained Morgan Stanley. Since then there's been very little in the way of updates. "I'm not surprised at all, because these are very valuable assets and there are complications, particularly if the buyer is someone who hasn't been involved in professional sports in the past," Caporale said. "It may take time to do their due diligence. Frankly at this time of year, as you know vacations and so forth will always slow things up." With that in mind, he thinks the process will gain steam in the fall.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sam Ventura will serve as a consult with the Pittsburgh Penguins' hockey operations department.

Ventura is the co-founder of the hockey analytics site "To have someone who grew up here in Pittsburgh, literally in our backyard, to have the skill set and knowledge base that Sam has, he seemed like the perfect fit," vice president of hockey operations Jason Karmanos said. "Once I met him and started talking to him, I knew that he was the perfect fit for our group here." Ventura played hockey at Carnegie Mellon University and also earned a Ph.D. there. has confirmed that it will remain online.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 12:34:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired two people that hey hope will help reduce the number of injuries the team suffers.

Andy O'Brien has been brought on to serve as the Penguins' director of sport science and performance while Andreas Huppi will act as the team's sports massage therapist. The team will also add a strength and conditioning coach that will work under O'Brien. The team suffered 1,845 man-games lost in 2014-15, which was the fourth most in the league.
Tue, Jul 14, 2015 11:47:00 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to acquire a first round pick.

The Penguins lost theirs in the David Perron trade. "I don't see anything happening at the top end of the draft," Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said. "I can get a pick for Friday ... for a player that I can't replace. If it's about getting a pick, I can do that. But I'm not going to. We'll watch the draft. As we get deeper into the draft, if there are some players that we really like that are high on our list and they're falling into rounds 3, 4 and 5, that's when we could possibly make a move." Pittsburgh isn't scheduled to pick until No. 46th overall.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 11:51:00 AM

Just in case you needed confirmation, the Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to have the ability to spend to the ceiling in 2015-16.

There was apparently some speculation that might not be the case because the team might be for sale. However, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford insisted that "nothing changes as far as how we run hockey operations." More to the point, the Penguins as they're set up basically need to spend to the cap. They have $31.2 million in cap space committed to Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and Marc-Andre Fleury alone. They have roughly $61.8 million tied to just 13 players. So it's hard to see them avoid spending to near the cap unless they were to make some significant trades. Then again, as mentioned earlier, Evgeni Malkin is reportedly unhappy...
Fri, Jun 5, 2015 06:36:00 PM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford didn't seek compensation from New Jersey when they hired Ray Shero due to his initial interpretation of the rule.

"The rule is not as clear as it should be," Rutherford said. "We felt that the intent of the rule was for employees that were working with the team, not terminated employees." Then Boston got compensation for Edmonton hiring former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and the landscape changed. In acknowledgement of that, the Penguins sought compensation for Buffalo's hiring of coach Dan Bylsma and will get a third round pick in return. We'll have to wait and see if the rule remains as is, but for now seeking compensation for fired employees is clearly fair game.
Fri, May 29, 2015 10:45:00 AM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford is looking to trade back into the first round.

The Penguins dealt their first round pick to the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the season as they received David Perron in return for Rob Klinkhammer and what turned out to be the 16th pick. Rutherford will be looking at teams who have two picks in the first round which include the Oilers, Buffalo, Toronto, Winnipeg, Arizona and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Sun, May 24, 2015 08:00:00 AM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford wants to see the Pittsburgh Penguins play a more disciplined game in 2015-16.

That was a big issue for Pittsburgh this season. The squad had the second most minor penalties in the league with 349. If not for a strong penalty kill, the Penguins might not have even made the playoffs under those circumstances. It was a significant change from the 2013-14 campaign when they were a middle of the road team with 298 minor penalties.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 05:46:00 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins CEO David Morehouse said that they aren't firing GM Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Johnston.

There's been some speculation that the team might part ways with the front office members after their first season with the franchise, but it appears that is not the case. This might not quell rumors that the organization is dysfunctional, though.
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 02:43:00 PM

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford apparently got into an argument with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer Rob Rossi.

As Rossi described it, Rutherford addressed him as the writer was making his way to the Penguins' dressing room following their 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday. Rutherford reportedly called him an "(expletive) jerk." While we're willing to take the blow-by-blow of what happened with a grain of salt given that we're ultimately getting just one side of it, it's typically a bad idea for an executive to lose his temper with a columnist if for no other reason than columnist then gets to write about it, which is what happened in this case. It's also noteworthy because the Penguins' first season under Rutherford has been a disappointment and if they lose their first round series against the Rangers, which seems likely after falling down 2-1, it will be interesting to see what happens.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has thrown his support behind coach Mike Johnston.

"He's done a very good job with what he's had to work with," Rutherford said. "Given all the injured players and difficult circumstances, we've been very happy with the job that Mike and his staff have done getting the team to the cusp of the playoffs." The Penguins have had to deal with some injury problems, but given the talent of this roster, we have a tough time buying into the idea that missing the playoffs or even just barely making them should be regarded as an acceptable outcome. That being said, it's not surprising to see Rutherford support Johnston because it is the standard for a general manager to publicly support his coach regardless of what the results have been. Because of that, any general manager's endorsement of a bench boss has to be taken with a grain of salt. It's also worth noting that Johnston will still end up looking like a hero if his Penguins enjoy a lengthy playoff run despite their shaky regular season.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 11:32:00 AM

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C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Derick Brassard
4Riley Sheahan
5Carter Rowney
6Teddy Blueger
7Jean-Sebastien Dea
8Adam Johnson
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Garrett Wilson
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Dominik Simon
5Daniel Sprong
6Zach Aston-Reese
7Josh Jooris
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Chad Ruhwedel
6Matt Hunwick
7Jamie Oleksiak
8Chris Summers
9Jarred Tinordi
G1Matt Murray
2Casey DeSmith
3Tristan Jarry
4Michael Leighton