November 8, 2018 | 12:07pm ET
PENGUINS LOOKING TO SHAKE UP ROSTER?
Jim Rutherford, GM
The Pittsburgh Penguins currently sit outside of the playoff bubble, and while the team has only played 14 games on the season, GM Jim Rutherford is voicing his frustration.
During his bi-weekly radio show Wednesday with Josh Getzoff of the Penguins Radio Network on 105.9 FM, Rutherford slammed his team and hinted changes could be coming if the team can’t get its act together.
“Has this team been together too long? It’s something I always have to watch for,” Rutherford said, as quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “When do you have to make those changes? The players are doing everything they can to tell me now’s the time.”
Rutherford was very clear he doesn’t like what he’s seeing, and indicated “we’re trying to figure out what’s gone wrong here.”
“Certainly if this continues, in short order, we’re going to have to make some changes.”
Rutherford has never been afraid to pull the trigger on a trade early in the season, as history has shown, and it’s clear he’s at the very least exploring the market.
The Penguins came into this season with questions on their blueline and adding a defenceman could be something Rutherford explores, even later in the season when Justin Schultz returns from injury.
Though Rutherford wouldn’t call anyone out specifically, he did mention players who recently signed new contracts and those playing for contracts aren’t performing at the levels they’re used to.
“It’s almost like the guys come to the games and say, ‘Let’s just let the top guys do it.’ Let’s let Sid, Geno, Phil and Letang carry us,” Rutherford said. “We’ll just get through the game and move on to the next game, forget about the work ethic it takes or forget about the role they play.”
The Penguins have roughly $5.317 million in available salary cap space, as of today.