Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford (right) has had a quiet night to this point in the first round of the NHL draft.
Having dealt away their first-round pick in this year's draft last offseason as part of the deal which brought Phil Kessel to the Penguins, Rutherford and his lieutenants have sat idly at their table on the floor of First Niagara Center.
The Penguins do have two second-round picks (No. 55 and No. 61 overall).
"We'll have plenty to talk about tomorrow," Rutherford joked." Go get some chicken wings."
Rutheford held court with reporters mid-way through the first round and offered an update of sorts on his team's draft.
Did the Flames' acquisition of goaltender Brian Elliott from the Blues impact any direction you might take with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
"It had nothing to do with what we're doing."
You have a history of being active at the draft. Do you like being this quiet thus far?
"I like it. There's lots of time to do things. Of course, we'd like to have a first-rounder but not at the expense of [right winger] Phil Kessel."
On this being a deep draft:
"We feel good about tomorrow. It's a very, very deep draft. Our guys feel we're getting two good players on the Penguins some day."
On just going after the best players available instead of drafting for need:
"That's usually my philosophy. But I think based on where our organization is at, ideally we'll get at least one defenseman there. Maybe two. We'll see where it falls. The preference is to get a defenseman."
At the trade deadline, you said you wanted to avoid dealing away draft picks. Was that because of the depth of this draft or a need to draft defensemen?
"One, because it's a deep draft and two, over the years, we've traded a lot of draft picks. We'd like to get more young players. We were able to not move many picks. We moved the one for [defenseman Justin] Schultz but it paid off. We still sit in a good spot here for the second round."
NHL teams are permitted to interview potential free agents starting at midnight. Do you have any plans to pursue any interviews?
"No. No. We're going to have our nose right up against the [salary] cap. We may be a little active on [July 1] but it's not going to be one of the top guys. It will be maybe some other guys we'll look at. But we're not going to interview anybody."
Do you still plan on entering 2016-17 with Fleury and Matt Murray in net?
"That's the preference. That's been our preference since the end of the season. Unless someone really strange happens, that's what we're going to stick to."
Do you monitor the goaltender market just in case something unforseen arises?
"Not that close. Lots of things happen over a season. There's a few different ways of accomlishing what we need to come the  expansion draft."
Any update on his unrestricted free agents such as Ben Lovejoy or Matt Cullen?
"Not at this point. I don't have an update on them at this point."
Have you made any progress in regards to retaining assistant coach Jacques Martin?
"The progress is … I'll say the obvious. We want him back. He wants to come back. I believe him and I are going to sit down next week and try to get everything ironed out. I'm not concerned about it."
Do you view Fleury or Murray as the No. 1 goaltender?
"Were not playing any games until next fall. So I'll let the coach sort that out. We have two very good goalies."
Do you look at any specific forward position as a priority over the others in the draft?
"We have a list. It's not going to be a preference as far as the forwards. We may have a priority on defense but it's not going to be a priority up front."
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