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Tuomo Ruutu is about to be the star of trade rumors

Jan 30, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

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Now that the All-Star Game is behind us, it’s time to zero in on trade rumors leading up to the trade deadline in four weeks. The name leading the way as perhaps the hottest commodity this season is Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.

TSN’s panel of insiders including Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire say that Ruutu could be the first guy on the move this year and Dreger says that Carolina could pull the trigger on something as early as this week (video).

Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer talks about how the Hurricanes are going back to work with the rumors swirling around Ruutu and how the situation in Carolina might change up fast.

Everyone probably has heard the trade rumors by now. Tuomo Ruutu to the Predators, Ruutu to the Blackhawks, Ruutu to the Red Wings, Ruutu to the Bruins. Tim Gleason to the Flyers, Gleason to the Flames, Gleason to the Senators, Gleason to the Bruins. Really narrows it down, doesn’t it?

Jim Rutherford is the only man with the answers. Beginning this week, those answers may start coming.

With that much interest in Ruutu (and Gleason too) the Hurricanes are the team to watch over the next month.

  1. bcisleman - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    If Rutherford is smart, he’ll hang on to Ruutu and Gleason until just before the deadline to drive up the price.

  2. kantnockdahustle89 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Any team would be glad to have either of these guys. Amazing Carolina would part ways with both of these talents. One I could get.

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