After a year abroad, Maxim Lapierre is getting a shot to rejoin the NHL. Per TVA, Lapierre has agreed to join the Rangers in training camp on a professional tryout. The news comes after he split last season between Swiss League outfit Lugano and Swedish League side Modo, with midseason rumblings there were NHL teams interested in bringing him back. In New York, Lapierre will be reunited with Alain Vigneault, his former head coach in Vancouver. Vigneault has brought in a few former Canucks during his time with the Rangers, including Tanner Glass, Nicklas Jensen and Michael Grabner. Lapierre, 31, last played in the NHL during the ’14-15 campaign, splitting time between Pittsburgh and St. Louis.
Today our season recaps take us to the the architect of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Jim Rutherford. Age and Contract Status Age: 67 (February 17, 1949). Signed a 3-year contract extension with the Penguins on July 1, 2016. Rutherford is signed through the 2018-19 season. Preseason Expectations Well, Jim Rutherford had an interesting offseason to say the very least. After the Penguins were promptly defeated in five games by the New York Rangers in the first round 2014-15 playoffs, many criticized Rutherford, primarily for his management of the salary cap to close out the season, leaving the Penguins to play with only five defensemen for seven games. Injuries to defensemen Kris