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Problems In Pittsburgh

written before Pittsburgh's 2-1 loss to Washington last night

from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is taking his team’s early season losing streak very seriously.

Rutherford gave a scathing assessment of his team’s recent performance on his bi-weekly radio show that aired Wednesday night on 105.9 FM, wondering aloud if roster changes would be required to snap the team out of its four-game skid and uneven start to the season.

“Has this team been together too long? It’s something I always have to watch for,” Rutherford said. “When do you have to make those changes? The players are doing everything they can to tell me now’s the time.”

No area of the team was spared from Rutherford’s critical eye.

He took the team’s younger players to task.

“At a young age, guys win Stanley Cups and a lot of guys go their whole career and they don’t even get close to it,” Rutherford said. “We’ve got some young guys that won a couple, then they get bigger contracts and then they kind of settle in. They forget what got them to where they are today.”

Then he turned his attention to the players in contract years.


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