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Jim Rutherford Has Words With Columnist Who Fights Back With The Pen

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Crisis is supposed to reveal true character, right?

General manager Jim Rutherford lost his cool after the Penguins' 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday night to fall within two defeats of a first-round elimination in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

After exiting a media elevator and while walking with other reporters to the Penguins' dressing room, Rutherford addressed this columnist, a frequent critic since his hiring last June, in an obscenity-laced diatribe.

“Thanks for your support,” Rutherford said repeatedly.

“You're a (expletive) jerk,” Rutherford said repeatedly.

Rutherford followed the jerk comment with a suggestion to “go sell ice cream now,” then a challenge to look him in the eye, which I did while explaining my role as Trib Total Media's lead sports columnist.

My role is to provide opinion.

“Well, your opinion is (expletive),” Rutherford said.

As (expletive) as my opinion might be, it remains that Rutherford has botched an attempted retooling of the Penguins. If this unfortunate incident is any indication, he lacks the poise necessary to move that project foward.


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Nathan's avatar


Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/21/15 at 09:05 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The only thing missing in that exchange was Crysbaby running up, falling down and then whining that Rossi tripped him.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/21/15 at 10:02 AM ET

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A few years ago I did a half-hour NHL-focused show on an AM sports radio station up here.  We wanted to get five or six beat writers for NHL teams to contribute once in a while, come on the show for a taped ten-minute interview. Not having money to pay them, we knew we’d have to rely on the good-heartedness of the writers.

So, hoping to get six or so to say yes, we emailed all thirty beat writers (as officially listed in the NHL media guide). Fifteen or so ignored us; ten or so responded that, while they wished us good luck in our endeavor, it was something they could not commit to for whatever reason. Four said they would be happy to come on the air as their schedule permitted. Of those, Rossi from Pittsburgh and Portzline from Columbus were simply awesome. Great interviews, always glad to help out.

The worst response? One of the Habs writers at the time. I won’t name names, but what an absolute douchebag.

His ‘response’ to our initial email was to go off on us for even thinking someone of his caliber would commit to such a thing (unless we had a good chunk of cash to give him each time). His email was full of snarky comments and constant reminders to us of how important he is.


Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/21/15 at 10:30 AM ET

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Oh, and as for Detroit, the much-maligned Kahn! agreed to do our show a few times.

Nice guy, really.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 04/21/15 at 10:32 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

It all starts at the top.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/21/15 at 12:01 PM ET


Red Winger, give a Habs fan and expat from the Soo (although the wrong side of the river) a little hint as to the a-hole Mtl writer.  Just the initials…?

Posted by dwgs on 04/21/15 at 12:15 PM ET

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