Penguins Name Jim Rutherford New GM

Jim Rutherford

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced a news conference for 1 p.m. ET where it is expected they will announce the hiring of Jim Rutherford as their next general manager.

The Raleigh News and Observer and TSN reported that Rutherford, 65, would be named the replacement for Ray Shero, who had been fired May 16.

Rutherford resigned as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes in April and moved into an advisory role as team president. He spent the previous 20 years as the club’s general manager, dating to its time as the Hartford Whalers.

During Rutherford’s tenure the Whalers/Hurricanes went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs five times, won three division titles, two Eastern Conference titles and the 2006 Stanley Cup.

The Penguins have been searching for a new general manager since Shero was fired. Assistant general manager Jason Botterill has been the interim GM. Botterill had been the only candidate publicly named by ownership as a candidate for the full-time position.

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire also confirmed he had met with the team about the job.

Source: NHL Media