Hurricanes’ Tuomo Ruttu likely to be traded?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Left wing Tuomo Ruttu has been with the Carolina Hurricanes since 2007, but it appears that he may be soon joining another roster. The 28-year-old native of Finland is an unrestricted free agent this summer and unless his team, which is tied for last in the Eastern Conference with the Montreal Canadiens, makes some kind of crazy turnaround, he'll likely be a hot commodity on the trade market before the Feb. 27 deadline, according to USA Today.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is, of course, hoping for that turnaround, but if it doesn't come, he could be busy on the phone.

Ruttu, who was drafted ninth overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2001, has scored 16 goals and notched 11 assists so far this season.

"The cost for Ruutu could be high," the paper reports. "Last year's hot rental player, Tomas Kaberle, went to the Boston Bruins for prospect Joe Colborne and a first- and second-round pick."

Other soon-to-be unrestricted free agents on the Hurricanes roster include defensemen Bryan Allen and Jaroslave Spacek, the paper notes.

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