As a former netminder, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford knows a lot about potential issues and injuries that can affect goalies. But he is not willing to scream out to protect more the goaltenders, even though his started Matt Murray was injured.
Rutherford proved to be pretty level-headed about the topic when he talked to the Pittsburgh Tribune Live.
Though he would like to see referees take better care of goaltenders during games, he does not think that Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek made a dirty play and intentionally tried to hurt Murray when he slid into the goalie on Monday night.
“The league watches it really close,” Rutherford said. “(Monday) night was unfortunate. The Flyers player lost an edge. I don't believe he went in there intentionally. It was an accident. You see some games, though, where the other team is crossing the line and you wonder if there could be a few more penalties called to keep them back a little bit.”
Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith are ready to protect the net, while Murray gets better.