Penguins Give GM Rutherford 3-Year Contract Exension

The new deals goes through 2021-22

Andrew Limberg
November 14, 2018 - 10:35 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Penguins announced Wednesday that they have signed General Manager Jim Rutherford to a three-year contract extension.

The new contract extends his current one, that was up a the end of the current season, through the 2021-22 season.

In his fifth season with the Penguins, Rutherford has constructed a team that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.

The 69-year-old Rutherford, in his 25th year as a general manager in the NHL, was named NHL General Manger of the Year in 2016.

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We think Jim Rutherford is one of the best general managers in all of sports and, during his tenure in Pittsburgh, arguably the best GM in the NHL,” Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle said in a joint statement. “His goal every year is to win the Stanley Cup and that kind of commitment to excellence is what drives us all. Jim is already a big part of Penguins history with back-to-back championships, but his goal is to achieve even more, and we want to help him do that. We appreciate his continuing dedication to the Penguins.”

Before joining the Penguins, Rutherford was the general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes where they won a Stanley Cup in 2006.

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