Fan favorite Tuomo Ruutu has, for years, been one of the most beloved Carolina Hurricanes. But now, the seemingly injury prone winger has not produced up to his standards as of late. Ruutu has 2 points (0 goals, 2 assists) in 13 games, and is a minus 7.
Tuomo Ruutu signed a four-year contract extension in February of 2012, he got payed $4 million in the 2013 season. He is now being payed $5 million this year, and through the 2015-2016 season.
When Tuomo Ruutu signed his contract extension, there were a lot of trade rumors surrounding the Finish winger. Ruutu was having a very good season, and was approaching an off-season where he would’ve been a UFA. I remember the Boston Bruins being a potential landing spot for Ruutu.
Is it time to consider trading him again? 30-year-old Tuomo Ruutu has just under-performed. I see countless people calling for the heads of Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, and Alex Semin on a daily basis. Why is no one calling for Ruutu?
Well, it may be because everyone loves Tuomo Ruutu. He has always been the big hitter who also scored. He has always been a fan favorite, and I think that covers up the fact that he has under-performed since the end of last season, and he is being over-payed for what he does. He has also been prone to injuries since joining the Carolina Hurricanes.
Five million dollars is too much for Tuomo Ruutu. I understand that it is just a poor start to the season, but for Ruutu to have two points in 13 games, no goals, and to just not look like the same player has to raise some eyebrows. Credit to Ruutu, he still has been physical.
I think it may be a good idea to free up $5 million in cap and call up a playoff team, like the Boston Bruins, and see if the Canes can unload him. Five million dollars is a lot of money. That alone could potentially pay Justin Faulk and Anton Khudobin this off-season. Those two players, in my opinion, are more valuable than Tuomo Ruutu.
On the other hand, Tuomo Ruutu does provide a physical presence to the line up. Some would argue that is worth the money.
Three teams that pop out at me as potential trade partners are the Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, and Ottawa Senators. All three teams are playoff contenders and could be looking for lineup depth. All three teams also have a lot of cap space, so it wouldn’t be a problem taking on the salary of Tuomo Ruutu. Tuomo Ruutu does have a No Trade Clause, so he’d have to approve a trade.
Do you think the Carolina Hurricanes should consider trading Tuomo Ruutu? Am I crazy for thinking they should? Let me know in the poll below.
UPDATE: Adrian Dater of the Colorado Post reported on Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Lightning sent a scout to watch the Hurricanes play the Colorado Avalanche. It is believed they were looking at Tuomo Ruutu. It’s also reported that the Hurricanes are shopping him around the league.