NHL Trade Talk: Jim Rutherford Must Be Aggressive in Adding to Penguins’ Top 6

November 28th, 2014 by Andrew Petyak Leave a reply »

When Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was sidelined for the season Nov. 19 with a blood clot in his leg, it heightened the need for a capable top-six forward to pair with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

First-year Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford has been aggressive in the past when he held the same role with the Carolina Hurricanes by acquiring players his team needs before the trade deadline.

In fact, the word "aggressive" and Rutherford seem to be synonymous with each other.

As Kevin Allen of USA Today Sports pointed out, Rutherford is no stranger to being forceful when he realizes his team needs that final piece. Rutherford orchestrated a blockbuster trade for the "big prize" of the 2005-06 trade market in Doug Weight well before the trade deadline. He acquired Mark Recchi later that year. The Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup that season.

With Dupuis' injury, it's not hard to imagine the Penguins will look for a permanent solution to their top-six needs before the clock strikes zero on deadline day. In order to do that, Rutherford will need to get aggressive—ag ...

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