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Rutherford back to doing what he does best, screwing up the team in July

July 1, 2019, 1:02 PM ET [299 Comments]
Ryan Wilson
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Jim Rutherford has done it again. He is not capable of using cap space and signing free agents in a productive way. A year to the day he signed Jack Johnson to his crippling contract he went out of his way to give out another horrendous contract to a depth player. This year he felt the need to go all in and bid against… I’m not really sure who, but they are probably the same teams that were banging down Jack Johnson's door last year. Jim Rutherford outbid the imaginary teams again and now he will get Brandon Tanev for six years and 3.5M. That’s per year...




Ridiculous. Jim Rutherford is clowning this team year after year. Every June and July is a joke the past three seasons. I don’t know how many times I have to say Jim Rutherford really isn’t that great at his job and the situation he came into was as easy as it gets in this sport. People are tired of hearing about it, but here we are YET AGAIN discussing what horrifically stupid signing he’s made.

Is this as bad as the Jack Johnson signing? Not quite, but it is really close to being the forward version of it. You should never give depth players who are eligible for unrestricted free agency term. When it was first announced Tanev was getting six years I thought for sure that would keep the money down. Give him a bunch of years because the end of the deal doesn’t matter. The Penguins window will have been closed. Instead this is the type of deal in concert with the other crappy deals that shut the window before the contracts even get off the ground. Jim Rutherford’s work in the summer months has been laughable for a while.

So what do the Penguins get in Brandon Tanev for the same they are paying Bryan Rust? Not much! Why compare him to Bryan Rust? He's the likely candidate to be shipped off to make room on the cap.




Same cap hit!



Oh good, Tanev has no ability to move the puck



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Another banner day for Hall of Famer Jim Rutherford.

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