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A Three-Year Contract Extension For Jim Rutherford

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins today signed general manager Jim Rutherford to a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.

The deal extends Rutherford's existing contract, which was scheduled to run through the current season.

Rutherford, a 69-year-old native of Beeton, Ontario, is in his 25th year as an NHL general manager and his fifth season with the Penguins. He currently ranks eighth in NHL history among general managers in both career wins (850) and games managed (1,834) according to the NHL Stats team. 

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The Slumping Pittsburgh Penguins

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

After the Penguins’ 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center — their sixth in seven games following that terrific Canadian road trip — Malkin preached, above all else, togetherness.

“We understand we’re a great team,” Malkin said. “We need to be shoulder-to-shoulder with each other. We go back home. We have a couple practices. We just have to keep working.”

Malkin has a point.

The Penguins did not lose to the Devils because they’re an inferior team. Far from it. They also did not lose to the Devils because they failed to turn in the proper amount of effort. They did, although the consistency could use some work.

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The Penguins have scored 9 goals in their past six losses.

Game highlights below.

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Tuukka Rask Returns

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

From a distance, all looked dandy on Tuukka Tuuesday.

What we don’t know, and may never know, are the details as to why Rask felt things were so problematic at home — as he underscored after practice — that he felt the need to abandon his Black-and-Gold brothers ahead of back-to-back Garden visits by Toronto and Vegas. It didn’t take much reading between the lines, as Rask chatted with the media for 5 to 6 minutes, to figure he’s had his hands and mind full with issues at home.

“This was a time,” said a somber-sounding Rask, who lives with partner Jasmiina Nikkila, his sweetheart since high school, “that deep inside my heart I felt like I needed to take time to be with my family and make things right so I could be back here and focus on my job.”

What we also don’t know, but will discern in fairly short order, is whether Rask is capable of blocking out issues on the home front and tossing himself — full mask, blocker, and glove — into the arduous task that pays him $7 million a year as the club’s franchise goalie.

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Morning Line- Anze Kopitar

Well it’s been, what? Three, four games now? Willie came in, he’s a positive guy, but it’s on us. He’s not going to step on the ice and make a difference. It’s on us to go out there and just make a difference.

Like I said, it’s a matter of just putting your mind to it and doing it. Like I said, we’ve talked about it, we’ve addressed it many times and we can keep on talking about it, but if we don’t do it on the ice there’s nobody that can speak to you that can make a difference.

This road trip is crucial for us here. We have to put some points in the bank. There’s a couple days of practice time which I think we need and we have to come and be ready to work and get better, bottom line, and get our game in order.

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings after a 5-1 home loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider has more post-game quotes.

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NHL Short Notes

TUESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

NEW JERSEY 4, Pittsburgh 2
NY ISLANDERS 5, Vancouver 2
Florida 2, PHILADELPHIA 1
BUFFALO 2, Tampa Bay 1
DETROIT 6, Arizona 1
Washington 5, MINNESOTA 2
EDMONTON 6, Montreal 2
Toronto 5, LOS ANGELES 1
SAN JOSE 5, Nashville 4

NHL MORNING SKATE

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Video- You Make The Call - Pittsburgh/New Jersey

 

 

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A Six-Year Extension For Jakob Chychrun In Arizona

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations & General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Jakob Chychrun to a six-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are extremely pleased to sign Jakob to a six-year contract extension," said Chayka. "Jakob is a young, highly skilled defenseman with an incredibly bright future. He has battled through some adversity with injuries the last two years, but we remain confident that he has the necessary size, talent and work ethic to be one of our core players for many years to come."

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The TSN Insiders Tonight

The William Nylander saga continues, and with the December 1st deadline to sign a contract is swiftly approaching, teams are kicking the tires on the Leafs' young winger. With the expected return being two roster players, who might be willing to reach Toronto's asking price if they decide they can't fit Nylander in their budget? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss this and more in Insider Trading.

The panel also discussed the Tom Wilson suspension.

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Items Discussed At Today’s GM Meeting

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

With scoring up and equipment smaller, it was goaltending that dominated the season’s first meeting of NHL general managers.

They talked about embellishment, coach’s challenges and video review, but the league looks as if it’s going to stay the course with no major rule changes expected on any front.

“The big takeaway today is, we’re concerned about the goalies. We addressed a lot of their concerns. They’re important to their team,” said Colin Campbell, NHL director of hockey operations.

But the goalies — some of whom have been complaining about bruises since equipment was made smaller — might not like the league’s response to their complaints.

“There are forwards and there are defencemen that get bruises when they get hit with 100-mile-an-hour shots,” said Campbell. “We brought that to the GMs’ attention. They had no concern with it. We did address the fact we’re not going to tolerate goalies not being happy with calls. We’re getting a few goalies banging their sticks.”

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