True North Sports & Entertainment issued the following statement with regards to the status of Mr. Rick Dudley and the General Manager's position of the new National Hockey League franchise in Winnipeg:
"After meeting with Rick Dudley this week, we have decided to go in another direction with the position of General Manager of our team," said Mark Chipman, Chairman of the Board, True North Sports & Entertainment. "We informed Rick of our decision late yesterday afternoon, and thanked him for his work in building a foundation and future for this team. We will have no further comment on any personnel matters at this time."
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter