Kovacevic: One-on-one with Rutherford on Malkin, trades


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Jim Rutherford. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jim Rutherford has no wish to trade Evgeni Malkin.

Nor has he initiated the first move toward trying to trade Malkin.

And if he had his way, according to an extended conversation I had with the Penguins' general manager Tuesday afternoon, he'd much prefer if Malkin merely reported for work this fall as a more mature player, on and off the ice.

OK, we clear on that much?

Cool, because here's the stated stance most likely to make a lasting impression, regardless of all of the above, right from Rutherford: He's not ruling out trading Malkin. Or Kris Letang. Or any number of other players not named Sidney Crosby.

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