February 20, 2019 | 11:38pm ET
PENGUINS COULD STAND PAT AHEAD OF DEADLINE
Jim Rutherford, GM
Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has made a few moves this season and if he doesn’t complete another by the time the trade deadline takes affect at 3pm ET on Monday, he’s fine with it.
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday morning, Rutherford admitted he’s comfortable with his roster and while there’s a possibility of makes another deal by the deadline, he likes how his team is currently put together.
“There’s areas where we can get stronger, but we can do it with the players that we have,” Rutherford said. “I don’t feel that we need to add a player to make us stronger at any position.”
The Penguins have been linked to such players as Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel, Detroit Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist and Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland, all of whom sit on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List, but it doesn’t sound like another move is close.
“We’ll stay in the loop and see what’s going on in the trade market and listen at this point,” Rutherford said.
Meanwhile, Rutherford indicated he plans on getting defenceman Marcus Pettersson, whom they acquired from the Anaheim Ducks earlier in the season, signed to a new deal at some point.
Pettersson, 22, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 1.
“We’re going to re-sign him,” Rutherford told the paper.