Way Too Early Names connected to the Penguins
Jim Rutherford’s resignation was so sudden that’s Pittsburgh’s General Manager search is still a few days away from totally getting off it’s feet. Things are in the very early stages from a true list being put together as the Penguins hope to begin conducting some phone interviews next week. Ideally the Penguins want to put a permanent General Manager in place before seasons end, but if there is a top target they have to wait on till after the season, it’s something they’re not going to rule out.
My oh my, though, Pittsburgh has fielded a ton of calls already, sources say. There is a ton of interest in the job.
24 hours in, the two names garnering the most buzz around the league is Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald and Rangers assistant GM Ch Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
The sense inside Penguins circles and outside of Pittsburgh is the Penguins search will start with Tom Fitzgerald and go from there. Pittsburgh has been aware of Fitzgerald’s contract situation before it was ever reported and will explore Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" there was a point right after the 2014-2015 season where Rutherford and the Penguins were going to mutually part ways, until David Morehouse talked Rutherford out of it. Ownership was highly likely to name Tom Fitzgerald General Manager if that happened, sources say.Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" Botterill was not interested in returning to Pittsburgh this summer when offered the chance. He’s not someone the Penguins organization is Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"