PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Penguins Standard Supervisor Jim Rutherford gave his ideas on the team’s period so considerably and what is to come down the extend in the direction of the playoffs.
Rutherford spoke with the Admirer Early morning Show’s Colin Dunlap and Chris Mack Thursday morning.
The significant matter of discussion in excess of the previous number of months has been what will take place with Derick Brassard’s upcoming with Pittsburgh.
With the trade deadline approaching on February 25th, Brassard’s identify has been swirling all over in trade rumors to this point.
Some questions had been posed when the Penguins termed middle Teddy Blueger up from Wilkes-Barre earlier this week. Speculation ongoing when both equally Brassard and Olli Maatta missed an optional skate Wednesday afternoon in advance of the Penguins 4-2 victory in excess of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brassard did not perform in the video game.
Following the get, head coach Mike Sullivan explained that Brassard missed exercise and the video game with a “nagging” higher-body injury. According to Sullivan, he is formally “day-to-working day.”
Rutherford talked about Brassard’s standing on the demonstrate Thursday morning, but was not giving the middle a organization endorsement.
“He’s our third-line middle,” Rutherford explained. “He didn’t perform past night because he has a minimal injury and I’m not heading to speculate over and above that.”
When requested if trade talks are heating up all over the league, Rutherford explained it is absolutely nothing out of the common.
“I would say it’s very standard for this time of the yr. On the lookout at past year’s trade deadline, teams commenced leaping in a minor bit earlier and obtaining specials done prior to deadline working day and I would suspect that which is heading to take place this yr.”
Rutherford was requested if trading defenseman Jamie Oleksiak back again to the Dallas Stars will force the Penguins to insert additional actual physical perform at the deadline, Rutherford described that they do not insert gamers to in shape from specific teams like the Washington Capitals and Tom Wilson.
“We’re not heading to develop out team based on a person team we might or might not perform,” Rutherford explained. “I will remind you that we conquer Washington two out of a few yrs and I feel Tom Wilson was playing for them.”
Rutherford explained he was not happy with the up and down perform in the course of the period, but he was pretty happy with the victory in excess of Tampa Bay.
“We’ve probably specified absent five to 7 online games where we just acquired outworked.”
The Penguins sit in a pretty volatile placement, at present in second location in the Metropolitan Division with 60 factors. The Islanders are in to start with location with 63 factors, and the Capitals are in third with the 60 factors as effectively. A lot could change in excess of the subsequent number of months, and each and every video game will be essential in the battle for playoff positioning.