Penguins GM Jim Rutherford steps down, cites private causes

Jim Rutherford has resigned as common supervisor of the Pittsburgh Penguins, citing private causes.

The 71-year-old Rutherford has been GM of the Penguins because the 2014-15 season, making the playoffs yearly and main the crew to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017.

The native of Beeton, Ont., was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

The Penguins say the seek for a new GM will start instantly. Assistant common supervisor Patrik Allvin will act as interim GM.

Before coming to Pittsburgh, Rutherford spent 20 years as common supervisor of the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise, successful the Stanley Cup in Carolina in 2006.

He performed 13 seasons within the NHL as a goaltender, together with two stints with the Penguins.

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