Jim Rutherford Named Penguins GM, Fires Coach Dan Bylsma
The Penguins on Friday named Jim Rutherford their new Exec VP & GM. Rutherford served as GM of the Whalers/Hurricanes for 20 years before stepping down in April (Penguins). Rutherford "has an ownership stake in the Hurricanes, which he presumably will have to relinquish." His "first official act" was to fire coach Dan Bylsma. In addition, the team promoted Jason Botterill to Associate GM, and Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald to Assistant GMs (POST-GAZETTE.com, 6/6).