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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford rips team, says roster changes may be coming


WASHINGTON – Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is taking his team’s early season losing streak very seriously.


Rutherford gave a scathing assessment of his team’s recent performance on his bi-weekly radio show that aired Wednesday night on 105.9 FM, wondering aloud if roster changes would be required to snap the team out of its four-game skid and uneven start to the season.


“We’ve got some young guys that won a couple, then they get bigger contracts and then they kind of settle in.


“He hasn’t jumped ahead of anybody on the right side so he’s playing on the fourth line.


He noted that Monday’s call-ups of Zach Aston-Reese and Garrett Wilson served to send a message.


I wonder if this group’s been together too long and if we need to change it up, but that’s what I’ll watch for here in the next few games.”






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