PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Rutherford has been talking about creating balance in the Pittsburgh Penguins' forward group since taking over as general manager earlier this month. The general manager thinks he took a long step toward accomplishing his goal Friday night.
Rutherford traded former 40-goal scorer James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.
"I probably talked to about 15 teams; those calls were mostly initiated by them," Rutherford said. "I had a few offers. We like Hornqvist; he's an all-around player. We like Spaling; he can play all three positions."