You hear about guys playing hurt in the playoffs, but that doesn't generally extend to general managers.
Tell that to Carolina GM Jim Rutherford, who suffered a painful kidney stone attack shortly after the team charter took off from Raleigh for Edmonton on Thursday for the Stanley Cup finals.
Rutherford summoned the team doctor, who was along for the trip, and the doctor quickly diagnosed the source of the pain as kidney stones.
The team plane was scheduled to land in Des Moines, Iowa, for refueling. When they landed, the doctor decided Rutherford should get immediate treatment. The former NHL netminder was taken to a hospital and underwent a procedure to hasten the removal of the kidney stones Thursday evening.
Rutherford then flew onto Edmonton on Friday and was resting comfortably in preparation for Game 3 on Saturday night.
Scott Burnside is an NHL writer for ESPN.com.