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McKenzie: Ruutu trade could be going down this week

Feb 6, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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It was all the way back in October when TSN’s Darren Dreger first reported that Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu could be traded. And since then, we’ve waited patiently for a deal to be made.

Well, folks, today is the finally the day…that TSN’s Bob McKenzie says Ruutu could be traded this week.

General manager Jim Rutherford has been talking to teams about Ruutu (who is an unrestricted free agent this summer) and the asking price has been steep – a significant draft pick and a solid prospect or a top prospect alone. Ruuttu has the ability to both score goals and play a physical game, so a lot of teams have interest – including the Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers amongst others.

Of course, it’s also possible Ruutu signs an extension and stays with the Hurricanes, says McKenzie.

So to recap, Ruutu might be traded this week. But on the other hand, he might not be traded.

We suppose if there’s one takeaway from all this, it’s that Rutherford is asking a lot for a rental with 16 goals and 11 assists.

Related: Ruutu on trade talk: “I’ve heard rumors I’m going to every team in the NHL”

  1. elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Rental or not, underperforming or not, if he could be had for Raymond and a 1st, I’d do it as a Canucks fan.

    • taytay099 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      First rounds picks are more valuable than Ruutu.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        I don’t know about that, certainly a team wanting to make a bigger splash than their competition wouldn’t think so if it gave them a strong chance at the cup. There are bigger names out there possibly, but Ruutu’s probably the best quality without having to overpay – it just depends on if the price gets driven up by who wants him.

        If Rutherford can drive the price up, he will, so I don’t see my (rather whimsical) price being enough. I also don’t see the Canucks offering up a lot more than that. The only thing I see is someone getting an early bid in, otherwise he’ll be highly sought after by contenders.

      • sknut - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        I also heard that the draft may not be as deep this year, leading to some teams willing to trade thier picks.

  2. kcredneck - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    WHY NOT THE RANGERS?

  3. yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    He’s been healthy for a few seasons and is an under-rated player, finishes all his checks and someone I’d love to see my Wings snatch up for the playoff run.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      The Wings seem a logical choice to get him, it just depends on what they’re willing to give up. The Wings typically don’t spend a lot to acquire players, but they have the cap space and he’d fill a need for them.

      • yettyskills - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        Ya I dont think we are willing to give up enough juice to get him, but I certainly like him, Stick him on 3rd line in the playoffs and get some grit with the ability to still put the puck in the net, and if you lose a top 6 forward he can fill in fine. Another team needs/wants him more than the Wings and pay the Canes price I figure

  4. kicksave1980 - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Ruutu was my favorite player during a long, terrible spell for my Blackhawks. Would love to see him back!

    • Exiled1 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

      Same here. I ws genuinely pissed when he left town.

  5. bcisleman - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Might make sense if Ruutu could be convinced to sign with whoever traded for him. Ruutu w/ a 2 year extension is definitely worth a 1st rounder from a contender.

  6. stakex - Feb 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Ruutu might well be a solid asset to any team looking to go deep in the playoffs.

    The problem however is the asking price. Sounds like Rutherford wants an awful lot for a guy who might just be a rental player… and not an amazing rental player at that. Ruutu could certainly help a team in the playoffs, but its unrealistic to expect him to be a major contributor. It should also be noted that in Ruutu’s only playoff appearence he played 16 games and only scored 1 goal and 3 assists, which was far bellow the pace he set during the season. So its not like he has a good performance record in the playoffs to help his trade value. If anything, his playoff record (what little he has) HURTS his trade value.

    So with all that in mide, is Ruutu really worth a high draft pick and a top prospect? I would say probably not, unless you have assets to spare.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Agreed. He’s a good player, hard to argue that, but… well, he’s got no history of playoff performance and his going price is high. A lot of the teams who might want him are equipped enough that they wouldn’t think the price to be worth it. Vancouver’s pretty unique in that they’ve got several moveable pieces and so might be content meeting that price, but not a great many others come to mind. Detroit’s huge reserve of cap space means they’d likely be better-served aiming for a bigger-name guy. Boston’s deep at forward. They don’t need another one. Minny’s an idea, I guess. So’s L.A. Both desperate for scoring. The ‘Hawks… eh. They need a top-four D and goaltending before they need yet another top-six forward. They’ve got scoring. They don’t need him.

  7. scottfmullin - Feb 6, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Funny how every Wings fan says that a player on the block would be a good fit in Detroit. Quite honestly, I don’t see the Wings having any real weak spots. If they were to do anything at the deadline, I would trade for an established defenseman instead of deal picks and prospects for Ruutu.

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