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Report: Hurricanes offering Ruutu and Tlusty to get a defenseman

Nov 22, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

Tuomo Ruutu, Roman Polak, Brenden Morrow, Ian Cole AP

The Carolina Hurricanes could be itching to make a deal to help their ailing blue line.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the ‘Canes are offering forwards Tuomo Ruutu and Jiri Tlusty around the league and they’re hoping to land a puck-moving defenseman in return.

Ruutu has two more years left on his contract with a $4.75 million cap hit. Tlusty is in the final year of his deal which comes with a $1.6 million hit.


Not surprisingly, the Hurricanes have been in a tough spot since Joni Pitkanen broke his heel last season in a collision with the boards that shattered his heel. He’s been ruled out to play this season and the team hasn’t found someone to pick up his slack. Ron Hainsey was signed during training camp to give them a veteran to replace him, but they’re still struggling on the blue line.

This season, Carolina’s top players on defense have been Andrej Sekera, Justin Faulk, and rookie Ryan Murphy. A solid, veteran presence there would do them a lot of good.

  1. killerpgh - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Matt Niskanen and a 5th round pick for Tlusty and a 2nd. I personally wouldn’t want Ruutu with the price tag and he has a NMC so it’s up to him if/where he wants to play.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      Delusional Pens fans are my favorite PHT commentators.

      • killerpgh - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Please tell me how that is being “delusional”. Tlusty is 25 years old. Not exactly a prospect anymore. He has scored more than 16 points twice in his career. More than 10 goals twice in his career. Not really the type of player that would bring back a big return. Niskanen is solid a 3rd/4th defenseman (probably top pairing on the Canes) who can play the PP and SH. The Penguins and Hurricanes have made a few trades over the past 2 season so there is a history between these teams. The difference now is they are in the same division so the cost to fill a need from a team within you own division isn’t cheap. And neither is the cost for offensive defenseman.

      • withseidelinn - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

        The 2nd pick is what really throws it off

  2. crazemastercraze - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    I mean, who’s available that fits their wants/needs? Shea Weber? Good luck with that…

    • smaktalker - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      Hey the Coyotes are overstocked with Offensive defenseman, I’d trade one for Ruutu. he might help our forwards.

  3. csilojohnson - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I for one would not want to see that trade. Nisky has had a pretty solid year so far. If they must trade him (would be my pick for trade. very likely given depth on d). Wait till Scuderi gets back. Teams will be more desperate. More opportunities to trade outside of metro. More value. Pens arent in dire need right now.

  4. nicknyhc - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    Del Zotto for Tlusty.

    Rangers need a big strong forward who can score, and they also need to get rid of Del Zotto. Haha.

  5. rushledger - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Coyotes won’t rule out trading Runblad depends on the asking price

  6. macjacmccoy - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Holmgren is offering a 1st Shenn, Read, and Gostisbehere for tlusty, ruutu, and a 5th.

  7. mclovinhockey - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Why do people always rag on homer?
    His top 3 most questionable trades are
    1. Bob for a 2nd (Stolie) and a 3rd (Ghost).. I’m guessing there was future consideration in that deal cause the 2nd part of the trade was Leogjton for Mason…. So Philly gives up an AHL goalie, and a goalie who has yet to prove he can be good after the 60 game mark, for 2 huge prospects and the best goalie Philly has had since hextall. Philly easily comes out on top on this deal.

    2. Carter and Richie for coots, schenn, Simmonds, Ace, and a pick we moved for grossmann… All while keeping the same cap hit at the time. Well, considering Simmonds and Ace had more points than those two last year and that the team got younger, faster, bigger, stronger, cheaper, and added production… There is no way you can say Philly lost that deal.

    3. JVR for Schenn…. Hey every GM makes bad moves, ; )

    • curioustraveler13 - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      It’s not just the trades that people hammer him for, it’s the contracts. Timonnen, bryzgalov, briere, streit, soon to be giroux. All of those I just named were either paid way too much or signed for way too long.

    • travishenryskid - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Are you really trying to justify the Richards and Carter trades? He traded the young core of a cup finals team, because in his mind, they didn’t have what it takes. Then those two players go win a cup the same year Holmgren made his judgment on them, and at the same time the Flyers become a joke. It’s the most embarrassing mismanagement of players in NHL history. All the other bad moves would be enough to get a GM fired, but for him, they are just salt in the wound.

      • mclovinhockey - Nov 24, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Yes, because Richards and Carter would have won a cup in Philly, being role players like they were in LA and being starters like they were in Philly is 100% different. Philly got younger, faster, stronger, deeper, bigger… what else do you want from a trade. The only argument against the trade is that one of the teams involved in the trade won a cup, pretty sure Schenn and Simmonds may have a cup right now, not Richards if the trade did not happen.

  8. killerpgh - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Trading a first round pick for Steve Eminger and a 3rd wasn’t a good move either. That 1st round pick ended up being John Carlson. Scottie Upshall and a 2nd for Dan Carcillo wasn’t a good one either.

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Homer has actually made some very sneaky good trade deals, however, he makes up for it with awful signings.
    He overpays players & gets stuck with some awful cap hits

  10. mclovinhockey - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    True, carcillo was a bad move but it was said to be a salary dump (not sure what happened on that)
    And eminger was then flipped for Carle, I would have taken Carle over a 27th overall pick any day

  11. storminator16 - Nov 23, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Hurricanes are not struggling on defense, the Hurricanes are struggling on offense. The problem with this entire scenario is the fact Jim Rutherford decided to over pay Tuomo Rutuu and Tim Gleason in the first place (NMCs included). Staal brothers are overpaid and can’t do no wrong, but Jussi Jokinen and Jiri Tlusty can? Jim Rutherford’s asset management and overrated pimp hand keeps that team from succeeding. Canes just need to blow that thing up. Trade Cam Ward, cut ties with a Staal brother or two and just move on. This movie is getting old.

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