IT was well known that Rutherford likes to be a gunslinger of sorts. It had to kill him this past year, with so much of a Cup winning roster returning, that he didnt need to make major trades, particularly at the deadline. I have to wonder if Botterill was able to reign that in, or if GMJR was just smart enough to resist the temptation to wheel and deal. With Botterill moving on, we will soon find out.
Recent rumors in Pittsburgh have Kessel on the block. According to some, Kessel and Sullivan do not see eye-to-eye and Rick Tocchet served as a mediator of sorts to ease that relationship. With Tocchet looking more and more like Arizona's next coach, what happens with the Kessel and Sullivan relationship? With Rutherford on record of saying he will try to trade to fix the hole at 3rd center, I have to wonder if Kessel will be dealt in such a deal. I'd highly suggest not doing so, given how successful the Pens approach had been the last 2 years, having elite scoring talent on 3 of 4 lines. But with Rutherford shooting himself in the foot with the Reaves trade--and Botterill no longer there to restrain him--I fear a trade of Kessel could cripple and drastically alter the identity of the back to back champs.