Jim Rutherford: Hurricanes GM Must Forget the Past To Succeed in the Present

November 30th, 2009 by Steven Ovadia Leave a reply »
Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is watching his team struggle and doesn't seem to know how to fix things. So he's doing what he's always done—he's changing his mind and then changing it back.

You might even call it his signature move.

Monday he complained to the Raleigh News & Observer about the challenges of running the struggling Hurricanes, who have just five wins on the season:

"I do not see any quick solutions...With the cap system, it's hard to make quick changes."

That's a very different tune than Rutherford sang in July 2005, when the NHL ended the lockout that cost hockey the 2004-05 season. Back then, the Carolina GM sounded like a fan of the cap system:

"What we went through was necessary. We had to get some controls on our business and certainly I'm hoping that's what this new agreement does."

So basically, if you're Rutherford, you can be a fan of the cap right up until the moment you don't like it.

And that's the kind of flip-flopping that's increasingly become the defining characteristic of Rutherford's time in North Carol ...

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