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Rutherford addresses goaltending situation, makes light of Evgeni Malkin trade rumors

The Penguins GM was featured in two of Elliotte Friedman’s ‘31 Thoughts’

2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

When Elliotte Friedman’s weekly ‘31 Thoughts’ column comes out, it seems like its normal practice to scan over the piece to see if your favorite team is mentioned. Sometimes it’s a good thing. Sometimes it’s a bad thing.

The Penguins and GM Jim Rutherford popped up twice in Monday morning’s piece.

18. More obvious situations to watch: Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh. Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Murray: “He started slow, but he was coming on the second half. You can always find ways to move money around … at a different position and keep both goalies. I don’t think it needs to boil down to people automatically thinking that Matt Murray’s the guy who needs to leave Pittsburgh.”

Other topics of goaltending came up before this thought, addressing how short of leashes goalies might have in short qualifying playoff rounds. My initial thought is it’s nice to see some sense and logic from both Rutherford and Friedman instead of the immediate desire to make or expect a panic trade.

20. Rutherford, asked if there will be any Evgeni Malkin trade rumours this summer: “Only if somebody makes them up.”

Rutherford from the top rope! The reality of all of this is that we always know the rumors are going to come up. Always.

But today, for the first time in over four months, we have hockey.

The Penguins and Flyers will drop the puck at 4 p.m. in the team’s only exhibition game before Game 1 of the opening series of the qualifying round of playoffs against The Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

It was good news in Toronto for the Penguins yesterday as Sidney Crosby was a full participant in practice.