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Just like playoffs, Pens baffle with GM hire

The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new general manager.

I think the analysis can be wrapped up rather easily:

Would you, as a Penguins fan, prefer Ray Shero or former Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford?

I'll take Shero.

There were other bad choices to be made (Pierre McGuire), but Rutherford screams as an uninspiring choice.

And Rutherford saying the team doesn't need sweeping changes, well, that sounds like the status quo wasn't all that bad.

But, maybe I'm reading into things too much.

Maybe all the Penguins need is a new voice calling the shots and a new voice yelling instructions at the players.

It won't take too long to find out.


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