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Ruutu agrees to 4-year deal with Canes

Posted February 22, 2012
Updated February 23, 2012

Tuomo Ruutu (15) looks for room to skate during the Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs game, Sunday, November 20, 2011 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC.

— Just three weeks after Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said that signing veteran center Tuomo Ruutu was a priority for the team, the deal is done.

Ruutu, who just turned 29-years-old last week, agreed to the terms of a four-year deal Wednesday that will pay him an annual average of $4.75 million. Hurricanes drop Devils 4-2 Our Lens On: Tuomo Ruutu

“Players like Tuomo are extremely difficult to replace, and it is very important for our franchise to keep him here long term,” said Rutherford. “Along with the physical elements and skill level that he brings on the ice, Tuomo is a popular leader in our locker room. We are very happy that he has committed to what we are building here, and is excited about what the future holds for the Hurricanes.”

The new contract will make Ruutu the third highest player on the team behind captain Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward. It also includes a no-trade clause for the first three years of the deal.

Ruutu, who is currently sidelined with an upper-body injury suffered in Montreal a week ago, is second on the team this season with 17 goals and fourth on the team with 30 points. He is also one of just eight players on the roster with a positive plus-minus rating (plus-3). Carolina Hurricanes Logo More Hurricanes Stories

A first-round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2001, Ruutu was acquired by Carolina late in the 2007-08 season for Andrew Ladd. He has scored 80 of his 128 career NHL goals with the Canes and played in all 82 regular-season games a season ago.

Ruutu joins defenseman Tim Gleason as Carolina veterans that will avoid free agency with mid-season deals. Gleason also agreed to a four-year deal with the team on Jan. 30. The 29-year-old Gleason is in his eighth NHL season and sixth with the Hurricanes.

Carolina now has 17 players already under contract for next season and are a projected $22 million under the cap for draft picks and free agent signings. Notable unrestricted free agents for the Canes at the end of the year include defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and Bryan Allen.

The Hurricanes host the Anaheim Ducks Thursday night at the RBC Center starting at 7 p.m. The cane can be heard on 99.9 The Fan ESPN Radio immediate following Stormfront hosted by Mike Maniscalco beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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  • RPadi1 Feb 24, 2:29 p.m.

    Great job... Even when our team was in the lowest point of the season (any season) Ruutu never took a shift off, we need players like him, I promise you that most d-man in the NHL know when he is on the ice!

  • jazzmanjim Feb 23, 3:17 p.m.

    Terpsfan...I see you have thin skin so let's pick on you for a while and see how you hold up.... View More

    — Posted by americaneel

    It seems that you may projecting your own character flaws on others. Maybe instead of lashing out against others you should carefully take an inventory on your own life to see what it is about hockey in the Triangle that bothers you so much. Once you have figured that out maybe you could return with an educated post about your findings so we can all be enlightened.

  • americaneel Feb 23, 2:23 p.m.

    Terpsfan...I see you have thin skin so let's pick on you for a while and see how you hold up. You probably have never played hockey, probably only go to the games when someone gives you a free ticket and parking pass. Every day at work you bore someone with your "Did you see the game last night" conversation. Try to impress your friends with pronouncing all of the names of the players correctly. You had never been to a game until you jumped on the 'Canes bandwagon after they won the Staney Cup. I think that sums you up.

  • tracycvpulley Feb 23, 1:09 p.m.

    gsmusty....you hit the nail on the head. And don't forget, even after the puck to the face, he was still smiling! Just happy to be playing hockey. That's what we need. Someone that enjoys playing the game. I am so happy with this and Gleason's extension.

  • jazzmanjim Feb 23, 10:26 a.m.

    I love this signing. Ruutu is one of those players that puts up numbers on the stat sheet, but is so much more than that. Got to love a goal scorer, but his off sheet play is what impresses me. He brings the tenacity, drive, and determination that this team needs to win. He deserves every bit of that contract.

  • tdd Feb 23, 9:23 a.m.

    Good,actually great,Ruutu is a talented hockey player that gives 100 percent.Not giving up on the Canes yet.Playing really well this month,including Staal.It's Duck Season tonight! GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • caniacman Feb 23, 9:21 a.m.

    bubbba-
    i do agree with you, I think we all like Ruu coming back but the top 9 forwards needs a couple of legit scoring threats. Maybe our young D will allow JR to make some trades to do just that. Also if Peters and Murphy so they are NHL ready a team needing a goalie makes a trade? It will be interesting leading up to Monday, I think Spacek is probably gone and maybe Allen as well. I also think these two signing will show a lot of UFA's that Raleigh may be a great place to play next year!

  • bubbba Feb 23, 8:56 a.m.

    Ruutu is a great asset but the Canes are gonne need some heavy hitters to get back in the running for next season.

  • edits Feb 23, 8:24 a.m.

    This is Good News.Ruutu is hard working player and it will be nice to have him around for a few... View More

    — Posted by iceman2262

    And he has a no trade clause for the first three of the four years

  • 1 Wolfpack Family Feb 23, 7:40 a.m.

    Thrilling news...YAWN

    — Posted by americaneel

    americaneel quotes
    YAWN

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