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Hockey Hall Of Fame For Jim Rutherford?

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I have no idea who’ll be discussed in the “builders” category when the 18-member Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee convenes June 26 in Toronto — these things aren’t publicized — but if Jim Rutherford isn’t at the top of that list, somebody made a mistake. Somebody needs to put him there.

It’s time.

Rutherford, based on precedent and pure accomplishment, belongs with the great builders of his era. Maybe any era. And he belongs now. He turns 69 next season. Craig Patrick was 55 when he was inducted in 2001. Lou Lamoriello was 66 when he was inducted in 2009. Jim Devellano (four Cups in Detroit) was 66. Bill Torrey (Islanders dynasty) was 61.

Rutherford is the only post-1967-expansion general manager to win Cups with different teams. A mere eight GMs in league history have won more championships than his three. Four of them — Jack Adams, Conn Smythe, Frank Selke and Art Ross — have trophies named after them, and they didn’t have to top 29 other teams.

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ilovehomers's avatar

...he walked into a team that already had Crosby, Malkin, letang. Maybe murray?

When you have a top 5 player all time who makes guys like Kunitz olympic worthy (on team canada no less)...

Im not sure if you get that much credit.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/15/17 at 08:02 AM ET

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Part time canes fan here…..we ran him out of raleigh. They’re just now recovering from all the crap moves he made and signed. He was great pre-cap…he was also great at trades….drafting? Not so much

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/15/17 at 08:29 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

What a freakin joke.  Maybe it’s worth discussion in 4 years, when you can analyze how the draft picks have developed, and what they missed out on by trading away picks for guys like Kessel.  Understood, they won a Cup in the interim, but long-term, you can’t do that forever.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/15/17 at 10:14 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

That cup in 2006, how much of that team was Rutherford’s handiwork? At this point I’d be far more inclined to argue that David Poile in Nashville is more deserving. He’s been with the team from the beginning and built them from the ground up, largely through strong drafting and development.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 06/15/17 at 10:33 AM ET

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The 06 cup was all Ruthford. That said he kinda got lucky. He made two awesome trades for weight and recchi. No trade no cup

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/15/17 at 11:31 AM ET

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Ehhhh, the guy has won 3 cups as a GM which is hard to do regardless of what situation you’re walking into.  And sometimes its harder to walk in and finish a half-assed job than it is to tear it down to the ground and build it back up.  That doesn’t make him an HOF’er particularly,  but his longevity in the game and overall success probably overshadows some of those deals in Carolina.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/15/17 at 03:35 PM ET

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