Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Gm's Vision Part I: Reflecting on the ?Busy-Ness' of Jim Rutherford

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Gm's Vision Part I: Reflecting on the ?Busy-Ness' of Jim Rutherford

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NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. Feb. 29, and if precedent is any indication, the Penguins roster won't look the same then as it does today.

Jim Rutherford, given a firm win-now mandate by ownership, has moved aggressively to remake his lineup since replacing Ray Shero as general manager June 6, 2014.

Here is the first installment of a two-part look at the trades Rutherford has made since becoming GM, with the focus on deals Rutherford made in his first year. Part 2, covering trades he has made since last summer, will appear next Sunday.

June 27, 2014

* The deal: Penguins get RW Patric Hornqvist and LW/C Nick Spaling from Nashville for RW James Neal.

* The intent: To add hard-nosed presence and improve their depth up front.

* The bottom line: Both sides got what they sought; Neal is a quality goal-scorer, and Hornqvist fits in nicely with Sidney Crosby on the No. 1 line.

Dec. 5, 2014

* The deal: Penguins get LW Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional fifth-round draft choice from Arizona for D Philip Samuelsson.

* The intent: To add size and speed to the fourth line.

* The bottom line: Klinkhammer filled his niche effectively before being traded less than a month after he arrived.

Jan. 2, 2015

* The deal: Penguins get LW David Perron from Edmonton for a 2015 first-round draft choice and Klinkhammer.

* The intent: To get a reliable goal-scorer to play with Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

* The bottom line: Perron started strongly and looked like an excellent addition, but lost his scoring touch and was traded little more than a year after being acquired.

Jan. 27, 2015

* The deal: Penguins get C Max Lapierre from St. Louis for C Marcel Goc.

* The intent: To add a physical, edgy center for the third or fourth line.

* The bottom line: Lapierre didn't become the abrasive, effective force the Penguins were seeking until the first round of the playoffs. …

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