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Rutherford to be named next Penguins GM: report

Friday, 06.06.2014 / 12:35 PM / News

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Rutherford to be named next Penguins GM: report
The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced a news conference for 1 p.m. ET where it is expected the club will announce the hiring of Jim Rutherford as the team's next general manager.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced a news conference for 1 p.m. ET, where it is expected the club will announce the hiring of Jim Rutherford as the team's next general manager.

The Raleigh News and Observer and TSN are reporting that Rutherford, 65, would be named the replacement for Ray Shero, who was fired May 16.

In addition, TSN is reporting the Penguins have fired coach Dan Bylsma.

Rutherford had resigned as general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes in April and moved into an advisory role as team president. He had spent the previous 20 years as the club's general manager, dating to its time as the Hartford Whalers.

"Jim's my best friend and I'm very happy for him," Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. told the News and Observer. "He has been the face of the Hurricanes and we will miss him. The fact we've built such an exceptional organization is a testament to how good he was at his job.

"Obviously, as far as I'm concerned he's one of the best general managers in the League. This is great opportunity for him."

During Rutherford's tenure the Whalers/Hurricanes went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs five times, won three division titles, two Eastern Conference championships and the 2006 Stanley Cup. Rutherford also oversaw the team's move from Hartford to North Carolina in 1997.

Since firing Shero, assistant general manager Jason Botterill had been the interim GM. Botterill had been the only candidate publicly named by ownership as a candidate for the full-time position.

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire also confirmed he had met with the team about the job.

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