Having resigned as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Jim Rutherford would not have appreciated being prevented from completing a transaction involving Quebec defenseman Kristopher Letang.
At least this is the theory put forward by a journalist from Pittsburgh on his Twitter account, specifying that he has several sources.
“The owners didn’t want him to do it, forcing an unsustainable situation,” wrote Colin Dunlap, who works for 93.7 The Fan.
Rutherford said in his official statement on Wednesday instead: “It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as GM of the Penguins. I have so many people to thank, starting with owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle, as well as President David Morehouse. There has always been unwavering support from everyone here, whether it’s hockey or business. ”
“I know it’s a little unusual to see this happen during a campaign, but I felt the time was right to leave,” the 71-year-old added, citing personal reasons.