Hurricanes extend Rutherford's contract

Jim Rutherford's new contract runs through 2016

Staff WriterSeptember 23, 2011 

— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford has received a four-year contract extension.

Canes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. announced the extension Thursday. Rutherford's new contract runs through the 2015-2016 season.

Rutherford, 62, is in his 18th year as general manager. He is the longest-tenured general manager in the franchise's history and the second-longest tenured active general manager in the NHL.

"I'm real happy to be settled," Rutherford said Thursday. "I've loved being here right from the start and happy to be a part of building something like the Hurricanes. This solidifies that my family and I probably are going to make this our home forever now."

The Hurricanes, under Rutherford, have earned a 482-428-136-20 regular-season record since arriving in North Carolina prior to the 1997-98 season. The Canes have made two trips to the Stanley Cup Final and won the first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history in 2006.

The Hurricanes also hosted the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

There have been some disappointments along the way, and few bigger than losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final game last season to miss the playoffs. But Rutherford said he has never seriously considered retirement in recent years.

"I plan on working a long time," he said. "Maybe not in the position I'm in right now, at some point in my life, but as long as I'm healthy I plan to work a long time."

Rutherford was named Executive of the Year in 2002 and 2006 by The Hockey News. In 2006, he was also named the Triangle's "Businessperson of the Year" by the Triangle Business Journal.

Karmanos called Rutherford "one of the premier general managers in all of sports."

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