TSN Analyst Craig Button: "Rutherford Is Bold And Confident"

Cook and Joe Show

Joe Kapp
June 20, 2019 - 1:27 pm

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

As the NHL Draft and free agency nears the trade rumors around the Pens are swirling. TSN NHL Analyst and former Calgary Flames GM Craig Button addressed the rumors on the Cook and Joe Show on Thursday.

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"Jim (Rutherford) is a listener and he is going to explore things," Button said. "If he gets a deal that will make the team better he will do it."

Button says he has to explore and keep his options open but this is still a good team that doesn't feel they have to make significant changes.

"This still a 100 point team and a team with players in their prime, " Button added. "You're always trying to balance out what to do now to give you a better chance to win." 

Button expects that Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin will both be back because they come with a  high cap number that other teams ca't really take on.

So what about Phil Kessel?

"He was already moved," Button pointed out "There is absolutely a marketplace for him out there but when the no trade clauses come in to play the player controls it."

Button points out that if Rutherford wants to move him he will have to work with Phil on making a deal to a place he will go to and the pens might have to accept less in the return. 

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