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Buyers indeed: Devils get Ruutu from Carolina

Mar 5, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

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Last week, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said his club would definitely be a buyer come deadline day — and he’s made good on that promise, acquiring Finnish winger Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina.

In exchange, the ‘Canes will get Russian forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.

Ruutu, 31, is in the second of a four-year, $19 million deal with a $4.75 million cap hit. He’s struggled with injuries over the last two seasons and hasn’t found his form this year, scoring just five goals and 16 points in 57 games, averaging 14:15 TOI per night.

Ruutu has spent the last seven years in Carolina and had a solid season in 2010-11, when he scored 19 goals and 57 points while appearing in all 82 games. Since then, though, he’s been derailed by concussion and hip issues.

‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford has already addressed the trade via Twitter:

Loktionov, 23, is on a one-year deal worth $725,000, so this is shaping up to be a major salary dump for Carolina.

  1. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Resign Uncle Fester.

    • 950003cups - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Lou needs to go. It’s time.

  2. hockey412 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    So an old team got even older. So much for the future.

  3. storminator16 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I actually think Rutuu will be effective for the Devils. He will fit in nicely with their style of play, but don’t expect him to be lighting the lamp like a boss. Rutherford and Lamiorello always seem to make decent trades between the two. Really interested to see how Loktionov fits in with the Canes. I’d give this a couple of weeks before Devils fans are ready to tar & feather Lou. Dude makes some interesting looking moves but they seem to work out more than they fail.

    The sad part about this: you know the Canes are eating quite a bit of Rutuu’s contract. I think when we find out what that number is we will all have a good laugh at Rutherford’s expense.

    • storminator16 - Mar 6, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      Boom: 20% retained. Not sure how Devils fans can think they lost this trade. You got the better player and you got him on the contract he probably been given in the first place. Loktionov doesn’t strike me as a player one should pout over.

  4. barkar942 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Now we know with the addition of one mildly skilled dirty player that Marty will be more than happy to stay in NJ now. (sarcasm, just in case you weren’t able to realize that in my post).

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Now he’s slow, often injured and unproductive.

    Loktionov, is a skilled player who, with the proper confidence, can be a solid #2 center.

    Giving up a prospect like Loktionov and a draft pick (when this team needs draft picks badly) for a guy who peaked like 5 years ago is almost as boneheaded as not surrendering the 29th overall pick in a very weak draft.

    • 950003cups - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      Loktionov was a good center who was improving defensively each game. His FO% sucked, but what do you want for a minimum paid player at 23 years old? He was good here. He should’ve stayed here.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Indeed, atleast not for that price. Loktionov also gave NJ a back up/escape plan if their Zajac contract didn’t live up. Bad trade is bad. Regardless of how much of the contract Carolina is eating, they now have another over their prime veteran on a team that is in dire need of a youth movement.

        Hopefully, when this team doesn’t make the playoffs, or fails to get out of the first round because the opposition team is skating circles around the veterans, the new ownership will can Lou and start fresh.

  6. thechezman1 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    RUUTU SCOUTING REPORT
    Assets: He competes hard and is not afraid of the rough going. In fact, he enjoys stirring up opponents. Plays with both skill and confidence. Can both set up plays or finish them. Skates well and can line up at any forward position.
    Flaws: Injuries are always a concern, mainly because of his gung-ho style of play. Will sometimes cross the line with questionable hits. Lacks overall consistency in all three zones.
    Career Potential: Versatile, agitating scoring forward.

    Two time olympian 2014, 2012
    30 point man who plays with an edge.

  7. rg3ov8 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I need your ensight JOEY4ID!!!!! I am in the trenches taking gernades here, you are nowhere to be found!!!!! Put down the unemployment application and call Bob McKenzie now!!!!

  8. nj666 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    This is a terrible trade, based on cap hits alone.

  9. devilsarethebest - Mar 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Not quite happy with the trade, a lot because I liked Loktionov, he showed flashes of potential when he had good linemates. Not ready to write off Ruutu just yet, as many of you recall, David Clarkson used to score goals here so anythings possible.

  10. storminator16 - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    How about those Canes though? Shortly after he traded Rutuu, Jim Rutherford said he was done for the day. Multiple guys on expiring contracts and none of them got traded. Rutherford will probably re-sign all the ones under 30 (Tlusty, Gerbe), waste the agent’s time of the ones over 30 (Hainsey, Malhotra, Dvorak) , and somehow keep Kirk Muller around next season. What a Mickey Mouse organization that is. Fairly sure they are paying a good chunk of Rutuu’s contract as well.

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