Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford addressed the comments he made about the Columbus Blue Jackets earlier this month.

“I have nothing but respect for the Columbus Blue Jackets,” Rutherford said in an interview with Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “They’ve got a good city, a good franchise, a great owner and [president of hockey operations] John Davidson to run the franchise. I feel bad that it either come out the way it did or it upset people; that certainly wasn’t my intent. They have a very good franchise there, and it’s very well run.”

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