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Report: Carolina wants to re-sign Tuomo Ruutu

Feb 9, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu — one of the most talked-about players heading into the trade deadline — might not be going anywhere.

‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford told LeBrun he met with Ruutu and decided he wants to try and re-up with the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. Ruutu, 28, leads the ‘Canes in goals this year and is coming off a 2010-11 campaign where he posted career highs in assists (38) and points (57). He’s in the final year of  a deal that pays him $3.8 million annually.

While a big development in terms of shaping the trade market, Rutherford wanting to re-sign Ruutu isn’t a huge surprise, especially given what CBC’s Elliotte Friedman wrote in his most recent 30 Thoughts column:

Jim Rutherford knew that if he jettisoned [Tim] Gleason, it probably costs Carolina even more to replace him. (That’s one thing we often forget to consider in trades.) So, he’s considering the same possibility with Tuomo Ruutu. Rutherford’s asking a lot and is only getting nibbles.

That said, Ruutu staying in Carolina is far from a done deal. LeBrun said the two sides will discuss a contract over the next week and, should they fail to come to an agreement, Ruutu will likely be shipped out prior to (or at) the deadline.

  1. quixotissimo - Feb 9, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Ruutu is the kind of guy you want in your organization if you’re Carolina. As play-by-play man John Forslund has said, the Hurricanes need more players like him, not less. The only motivation to trade him is so that they don’t lose him for nothing like they did with Ray Whitney and Erik Cole the last few years.

  2. trbowman - Feb 9, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Looks like Melrose might be right. Could be pretty quiet deadline

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