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Insider Only Penguins extend Jim Rutherford, have a trade pending with Kings

Two Stanley Cups in his first four seasons on the job in Pittsburgh will have Jim Rutherford sticking around quite a while longer.

Rutherford today signed a three year extension that keeps him under contract with the club through 2021-2022 season.

As long as Rutherford wanted to keep going, this was always going to happen based on the two Stanley Cups and the close relationship he has with team President David Morehouse.

On basis, the Penguins had to make a commitment to Rutherford based on what he’s done so far.

However, it’s not out of character to question whether this is the right move to keep and extend the Penguins Cup window with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

As the Penguins are sputtering, Rutherford has put together back-to-back poor off-seasons and now enters his toughest task as General Manager in trying to not become what the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks have become this decade after winning multiple Cups with an expensive core in place.

The biggest news in moments won’t be Rutherford’s extension.

Interesting enough, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles have struck a deal in what will be a pure hockey trade, player for player, dollars in and dollars.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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