Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford isn’t happy. Neither is Evgeni Malkin. It’s not shakeup or panic time yet, but it will be soon if the Penguins don’t figure this out. Rutherford said he was “disappointed” with the team’s recent 2-3-0 homestand and believes “we have a team that could’ve done better at this point.” As a result … “We’re coming in to a critical period where we’ll make a decision whether we need to shake things up or not,” Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday while watching his team practice at T-Mobile Arena. Asked whether he would do something big to create a ripple effect and get his team’s attention, Rutherford simply replied, “Yes.” At the beginning of this season, knowing how much hockey the Penguins have played over the past two seasons, Rutherford said he figured it might take until the halfway mark to get going. Time is running out. “We’re almost there,” Rutherford said. “We are at a point where we’re slipping in the wrong direction. We have to watch that real close.” While declining to say which of his players would be untouchable, Rutherford did emphasize that the path of least resistance would be playing better and getting on a roll.
Jim Rutherford is close to considering a ‘major trade’ to shake up Penguins
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Dec 14