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Penguins GM Rutherford signs on for 3 more years

General manager Jim Rutherford is sticking with the Pittsburgh Penguins through the 2021-22 NHL season. The 69-year-old Rutherford is the only GM to win Stanley Cups with multiple teams since the league expanded in 1967.

69-year-old has guided team to 2 Stanley Cups, 234 regular-season, playoff wins

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, who has signed a three-year extension, is the only GM to win Stanley Cups with multiple teams since the league expanded in 1967. He guided Pittsburgh to NHL titles in 2016 and 2017. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/File)

General manager Jim Rutherford is sticking with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team announced Wednesday it has extended Rutherford's contract through the 2021-22 NHL season. His old deal was set to expire at the end of this season.

The 69-year-old native of Beeton, Ont., is the only GM to win Stanley Cups with multiple teams since the league expanded in 1967. He put together the Carolina Hurricanes group that won the franchise's only Cup in 2006 and helped the Penguins become the first team in nearly 20 years to win consecutive championships when Pittsburgh won it all in 2016 and 2017.

Rutherford is "one of the best general managers in all of sports," according to Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle.

"His goal every year is to win the Stanley Cup and that kind of commitment to excellence is what drives us all," they said in a joint statement. "Jim is already a big part of Penguins history with back-to-back championships, but his goal is to achieve even more, and we want to help him do that. We appreciate his continuing dedication to the Penguins."

The Penguins have won 234 regular-season and playoff games since Rutherford arrived in the summer of 2014. Only the Washington Capitals (249) and Tampa Bay Lightning (240) have more wins over that period.

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