Earlier this morning, Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford Made another lousy deal when he acquired Kasperi Kapanen from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defensive prospect Jesper Lindgren and the 15th overall pick in this year’s draft.
With an aging core, Rutherford yet again shows he has no regard for his farm system or the team’s future. The prospect pool in Pittsburg is already among the worst in the league, and Rutherford continues to give out all of his top draft picks for third line caliber players. At the deadline, Rutherford made a similar move when he dealt his third-round draft pick to San Jose for a past his prime Patrick Marleau. Marleau was worth a 6-7th round pick or even “future considerations.”
Rutherford also overpaid for Jason Zucker this deadline when he sent a first-round pick, a prospect, and Galchenyuk for the talented forward but, that didn’t put Pittsburg anywhere close to contending for a cup.
Kapanen is only 23, but he's probably not a guy you trade a first round pick for. Especially not after his last season. pic.twitter.com/VVPD1K94ww
— dom luszczyszyn (@domluszczyszyn) August 25, 2020
Now he deals for Kapanen, who is a third-line player that struggles tremendously in his defensive zone. Pittsburgh’s window is closing if it’s not already closed, and the future is dark as Rutherford has already made their future rebuild as difficult as possible by trading away all promising picks and prospects.