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Insider Only GM Talk: Jim Rutherford envisions Mike Sullivan coaching in Pittsburgh for a “long time”

— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on the Cook & Joe show (937 The Fan) this morning and here are some key takeaways from the interview on whether the Penguins are still Stanley Cup contenders, Mike Sullivan being the coach in Pittsburgh for a very long time, a faster team, why a decision on Patric Hornqvist was the same as Phil Kessel & more Buzz —

— Few see the Penguins among the top Stanley Cup contenders. “I think it’s hard to pick a team in the East,” Rutherford said when asked who he see’s as the favorites. “We’re used to it. Our opponents have changed a little bit, but all strong teams, I quite frankly don’t know what to expect.”

— The Penguins tell everyone who listens this is going to be a faster, more mobile team this year. “We’re faster, defense has more mobility,” said Rutherford. “There’s been a few changes, we’re looking for bounce back seasons from few of the guys [we acquired].”

— Kasperi Kapanen is said to have dragged his feet in getting to Pittsburgh Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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