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Jim Rutherford blasts Penguins' poor start, threatens changes

Jim Rutherford blasts Penguins' poor start, threatens changes
Published On: Thu, Nov 08
Apr 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his second period goal with left wing Chris Kunitz (14) as the New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) skates away during game 2 of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Rutherford is nowhere near happy.

The Penguins general manager a€” never known for holding back much in interviews a€” blasted his team on his bi-weekly radio show Wednesday with Josh Getzoff of theA Penguins Radio NetworkA on 105.9 FM.

Rutherford also threatened changes if things didna€™t improve.

a€œWhat Ia€™m seeing I dona€™t like,a€ Rutherford said. a€œNobody likes it. Wea€™re trying to figure out whata€™s gone wrong here.

a€œIa€™d like to say we have an answer for it. We dona€™t right now. Wea€™re watching it really close.

a€œCertainly if this continues, in short order, wea€™re going to have to make some changes.a€

The Penguins made two on Tuesday, bringing up Zach Aston-Reese and Garrett Wilson, and Rutherford said those were absolutely intentional. He also said they would be the first of several if things dona€™t improve.

a€œActions are louder than words,a€ Rutherford said. a€œThis will be the first move of a few if we dona€™t get it going.a€

One of the things thata€™s bothering Rutherford is the effort he feels his team is giving. Or, in this case, not giving.

a€œWea€™re not playing with any energy or determination,a€ Rutherford said. a€œWea€™re just trying to get through the games. These other teams are coming and outworking us. They deserve to beat us. In some of these games, they probably deserve to beat us worse than the score indicates.

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