The Hurricanes have extended Ruutu’s contract for four years with an AAV of 4.75m, according to Bob McKenzie. Tripp Tracey reported via twitter that Ruutu’s main reasons for staying are the people he’s met and how much he loves the area, so on that front, another one bites the dust.
I have mixed feelings about this. Ruutu is serviceable, for sure, but he was a moveable piece that Rutherford decided not to move. It’s looking more and more like the Canes won’t make any moves – even with Spacek – before the trade deadline. This is a problem in the sense that Carolina can’t build something out of nothing. They need picks, they need some offensive skill. Ruutu’s a lot of things, but he’s not a skill guy.
It makes sense that Rutherford would want to resign him, because Rutherford wants to resign everyone. But with that contract – which includes a no-trade clause the first three years – he’s immovable. He’s most likely going to be in Carolina for the next four years.
And I’ll be honest, I’m not at all sure that’s the wisest move.