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It’s been a whirlwind, up-and-down, rollercoaster ride for the Penguins over the last 24 hours. Let’s get you caught up.

2014 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are some new Pens Points for this Thursday morning...

One of the biggest bombshells in recent Pittsburgh Penguins history was dropped yesterday afternoon. But if you missed it: Jim Rutherford has resigned from his post and is no longer general manager of the team. [PensBurgh]

The Penguins will begin an immediate search to find their next permanent general manager. Are there any good options out there? [PensBurgh]

There are a couple of certainties you can take away from Jim Rutherford’s time as GM. One of them being this: he delivered the goods, twice, and that solidified his legacy. [PensBurgh]

And the other certainty? His tenure as the head executive ended just about as wildly as it began. [PensBurgh]

In roster news, since the actual team is about two steps away from signing me as a defenseman, the Pens announced the signing of veteran blue liner, Yannick Weber. [PensBurgh]

The Weber signing came at just the right time because Brian Dumoulin and John Marino were absent from the most recent practice session. [Post-Gazette]

The show will go on for the Penguins, of course, and that means that an interim GM will have to take the reins of the franchise for the time being. Get to know the Penguins’ interim GM, Patrik Allvin. [Post-Gazette]

What was one of the defining characteristics of GMJR’s tenure? Second chances. [Trib Live]

And finally, just because Jim Rutherford has left Pittsburgh does not mean he is saying goodbye to the NHL. [Sports Illustrated]

News and notes from around the rest of the NHL...

After the Bruins wrap up tonight’s game with Pittsburgh, they will turn their sights to the Washington Capitals and newfound enemy, Zdeno Chara. But Chara says he is focused on helping the Caps, not living in the past. [NHL]

With Rutherford’s departure, would you care to examine the Penguins’ prospect pool? Maybe take a glance at other teams around the league, too? [The Athletic ($$$)]