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Penguins make some front office changes official

November 4, 2020, 3:56 PM ET [19 Comments]
Ryan Wilson
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new General Manager and it is Patrik Allvin.

A native of Falun, Sweden, Allvin will be entering his 15th season in the Penguins' organization this fall, having originally joined the club as a European scout beginning with the 2006-07 campaign. Allvin most recently held the title of Pittsburgh's director of amateur scouting from 2017-20.

"Patrik has made a lot of contributions during his 14 years with Pittsburgh, and has proven to be a valuable asset for us," Rutherford said. "We've been impressed with his hockey knowledge and work ethic, and I look forward to working more closely with him."

In his new role, Allvin, 46, will assist Rutherford in all aspects of hockey operations. In addition to his new duties, he will continue to oversee the Penguins' amateur scouting efforts in both North America and Europe.

This is an in-house promotion. For now the Penguins will not be bringing in any outside people to prominent front office positions. I don't have a lot of insight in Mr. Allvin so it is a wait and see situation for me. I do know that with Allvin and Daley there really isn't anybody ready to step into the GM job and I wouldn't be surprised if that was by design.

Sam Ventura was also officially promoted.

Sam Ventura will assume the role of director of hockey operations and hockey research, working closely with Allvin on the salary cap, CBA and the overall hockey operations' budget.

I'm happy for Sam and I wish him the best of luck. He is slowly, but surely, moving his way up the food chain and I think it is a good thing for the organization.

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