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Insider Only Rutherford indicates a willingness to “let” Mike Sullivan’s contract run out?

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With rising coaching salaries, Mike Sullivan has fallen out of the top-10 in coaching salaries and Sullivan’s bosses don’t seem eager to extend Sullivan’s contract anytime soon.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appearing on The Cook and Joe Show this morning (937 The Fan) again downplayed the importance of extending Sullivan this summer.

Rutherford indicating to the show he has other things to deal with, saying “both [Matt Murray and Mike Sullivan] guys have another year” and added “maybe just let it run out” regarding the contract situations regarding Matt Murray and Mike Sullivan.

Matt Murray’s contract situation is not a big story. He’s going nowhere, he’ll be an RFA next summer. You have time and I kind of agree with him to let it play out than dishing out a $5.5-$6 million a year long-term deal.

Mike Sullivan is just a different story.

If he’s not extended and I don’t get the sense ownership is giddy about paying a coach $4-$5 million a year, this is going to be a major distraction if the Penguins get off to a so-so start which they’ve done the last two years.


The biggest takeaway from Rutherford’s interview on The Fan was a 3-4 second pause when asked if he will come out and say the likes of Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist won’t be traded.

“I can’t,” Rutherford said. There’s been great players traded in this league Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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