Penguins GM Jim Rutherford appeared on 937 The Fan in a wide ranging interview that delved into several topics.
Here are six Takeaways from the Rutherford interview on the Cook and Poni Show.
1. Cullen return in play?Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
2. On Adding a third line center:
Rutherford said today one deal fell through recently, hinting the other team decided to keep the player.
It’s not clear if it was a bigger deal but sources have said the team felt they were very close to acquiring Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" “Enough talk I’m surprised we haven’t acquired one.”
3. On Whether the Ryan Reaves Trade was a bad one?
Rutherford was asked by Andrew Fillipponi if he has any regrets about the Ryan Reaves trade.
As he has continued to do all year, Rutherford defended the trade and what Reaves has brought to the table.
“I think Ryan has served his purpose,” said Rutherford. “I don’t have any second thoughts of that deal.”
Rutherford said during the interview that with the Penguins being back-to-back Champs, teams were going to be coming after them and what was an odd comment, Rutherford said on the show he believes Reaves’ presence has basically kept the Penguins healthy.
“Ryan has made sure that did not happen,” Rutherford said of the Penguins avoiding injuries because of Reaves being on the team. “I believe without him we’d be looking at a different situation.”
4. On Why Ian Cole has been a scratch
“That’s between him and the coach,” Rutherford said. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
“I have communicated with his agent Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
5.Trading First Round Pick will take “heck” of a playerWant the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"
6. Prospect with most trade value is not Daniel SprongWant the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"