In explaining his acquisitions of Michael Leighton and Jamie Oleksiak yesterday, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitted that he may not be done tinkering with his team’s roster just yet.
“We'll see how that goes,” Rutherford said when asked if he’d consider making any further moves. “We'll see how everybody plays.” Having said that, Rutherford feels that he has the horses required to compete in a tight Metro Division.
“We'll see about more trades,” he said. “We have enough good players to get back on track. As always, we'll see how it goes. The nice thing about this is that having Jamie gives us another NHL defenseman.”
So, while the Rutherford and the Penguins added some depth to key positions yesterday, they’ve also set themselves up nicely for potentially bigger, more impactful moves later on down the line. Rutherford admitted as much in saying, “It may give me more options moving forward.”
When asked explicitly whether or not Pens fans can expect more action on the trade front, Rutherford offered up a cryptic, “We'll see.”
Keep in mind that Rutherford has a history of jumping the gun on trade deadline, don’t be surprised if he gets out of the gate early with a big move or two early in the New Year.