The rumor has been that the Eastern Conference's worst team, the Carolina Hurricanes, would be looking to deal soon-to-be-free-agent forward Tuomo Ruutu before the Feb. 27 trade deadline is apparently not quite right.
TSN reports that the tem is trying to sign Ruutu to a long-term deal before then and if he isn't interested in signing on by the end of next week, then he'll be sent packing. Discussions have already taken place between the two sides about the potential deal, the site notes.
"So our priority now is to try and re-sign him," said Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford, according to TSN. The 28-year-old left wing has 17 goals and 11 assists so far this season.
TSN points out that Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason, who was scheduled to become a free agent this summer also, signed a four-year deal.