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Insider Only Rutherford calls BS on a report that Jack Johnson was getting traded

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A report from The Athletic Pittsburgh over the weekend citing team and league sources that Jack Johnson was on the cusp of being traded and had even been informed a trade was coming within 48 hours has been shot down by Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

“That was some pretty shabby journalism,” said on 937 The Fan of the report when appearing on the Cook and Joe show. “All these reporters have 24 hour access to me….you should probably go right to the person [Jim Rutherford]” Rutherford said.

Rutherford in the interview with Joe Starkey and Ron Cook was annoyed at the suggestion from the report that claimed he [Rutherford] informed Johnson a trade was likely before the season opener.

“They [PR staff] pointed it out to me and [the report] suggested I had talked to Jack Johnson and I didn’t [talk to Jack Johnson],” said Rutherford. “The story got legs for no reason. There was no truth to it.”

The Athletic’s Josh Yohe is a great guy, good reporter, so it was surprising that Rutherford went that far into debunking the report instead of just saying ‘no truth’ to it.

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