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How Rutherford’s made out in major trades ☕


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Carl Hagelin, one of Jim Rutherford's top acquisitions. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jim Rutherford will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder this fall.

Seems like a bit of a misnomer, though.

Or, at the very least, an incomplete description of his work as a general manager.

Because for parts of his quarter-century as an NHL GM, he has done as much renovating as he has building. That's been particularly true since 2014, when the Penguins hired him to replace Ray Shero.

Rutherford inherited the foundation of a championship-caliber club but immediately set about working on it, and the changes he made helped the franchise claim its fourth and fifth Stanley Cups.

He has made more than 40 deals since becoming GM. Some have been minor transactions, like a swap of draft choices, while others have had a profound impact.

Rutherford has orchestrated two major personnel exchanges since the Penguins were swept out of the playoffs by the New York Islanders, acquiring Dominik Kahun from Chicago and Alex Galchenyuk from Arizona -- and figures to swing at least one more before the regular season arrives, if only to stay in compliance with the salary cap.

Here's a look at the most significant trades he made during his first five years in charge — and how they turned out for the Penguins:

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