Jim Rutherford is not ready to blow up the core that's led the Pittsburgh Penguins to three Stanley Cups in a little more than a decade. Still, the longtime general manager understands there's some serious retooling necessary following a second straight playoff flameout. The issue isn't just that the Penguins have lost nine of their past 10 postseason games.
Alain Vigneault often has a dash of James Bond in him when he closes his news conferences. The Philadelphia Flyers have both shaken and stirred their way to plenty of wins this season in Vigneault's first season on the bench. Here's the twist - the Flyers were the hottest team in the NHL entering the pandemic break and the best team coming out of it, good enough to earn a No. 1 seed and a series with the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Penguins failed to win the lottery draft on Monday, so now they have to decide if they want to send their 2020 first round pick (15th overall) to the Minnesota Wild, or keep this year’s pick and send the 2021 pick, no matter when it is. That’s how the condition of the Jason Zucker trade worked out. According to league insider Pierre LeBrun, the Pens are leaning towards keeping this year’s pick, but will decide for sure tomorrow after internal meetings.