Daily Archives: February 22, 2012

Ruutu not leaving Carolina

One of the forwards that has been garnishing a lot of buzz as the trade deadline nears next Monday is off the open market.

Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu signed a four-year contract extension worth $19 million to remain with the Hurricanes.

Here is the story posted by tsn.ca.

One of the most talked-about forwards of the NHL trade season looks to be off the market, as the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu on a four-year contract extension worth $19 million.

The average annual value of the deal is $4.75 million per season.

According to the Raleigh News and Observer, the deal has a no-trade clause for the first three seasons.

“Players like Tuomo are extremely difficult to replace, and it is very important for our franchise to keep him here long term,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. “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.”

Wednesday was the day that the club had set as a deadline to negotiate a new deal with Ruutu. He was playing out the final season of a three-year, $11.4 million contract and was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Ruutu’s name was mentioned in trade rumours consistently over the past few weeks as a possible rental player if the Hurricanes had been unable to re-sign him.

The 29-year-old has 17 goals and 13 assists through 57 games with the Hurricanes this season.

The Vantaa, Finland native has spent eight years in the NHL, the last six with the Hurricanes. The former ninth-overall draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks has 128 goals and 295 points in his career.

In 16 career playoff games, Ruutu has one goal and four points

One of the most talked-about forwards of the NHL trade season looks to be off the market, as the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu on a four-year contract extension worth $19 million.

The average annual value of the deal is $4.75 million per season.

According to the Raleigh News and Observer, the deal has a no-trade clause for the first three seasons.

“Players like Tuomo are extremely difficult to replace, and it is very important for our franchise to keep him here long term,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said. “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.”

Wednesday was the day that the club had set as a deadline to negotiate a new deal with Ruutu. He was playing out the final season of a three-year, $11.4 million contract and was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Ruutu’s name was mentioned in trade rumours consistently over the past few weeks as a possible rental player if the Hurricanes had been unable to re-sign him.

The 29-year-old has 17 goals and 13 assists through 57 games with the Hurricanes this season.

The Vantaa, Finland native has spent eight years in the NHL, the last six with the Hurricanes. The former ninth-overall draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks has 128 goals and 295 points in his career.

In 16 career playoff games, Ruutu has one goal and four points

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Quincey addition will more than likely leave Kindl, Commodore on bench

DETROIT — With the addition of defenseman Kyle Quincey, the Wings know have eight defensemen on the active roster. They dress just six, which means Jakub Kindl may have just lost his spot in the lineup.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do about that,” Kindl said. “Quincey’s been a great defenseman for a while and I think he’s going to help us, too.

“I just have to stay ready,” Kindl added. “Injuries are a part of hockey, but I don’t wish anybody to get hurt, I just have to be ready. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Kindl has started the last eight games over Mike Commodore as Jonathan Ericsson’s partner on the blue line.

“I’ve been feeling very good lately,” Kindl said. “I’ve been playing more and more and obviously we’ve been winning and that helps, too. I think I’ve been playing my best hockey so far in my life. I just have to keep getting better and better and you never know what’s going to happen.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock said Quincey will help the team in all areas and he’ll be paired with Ericsson and play on the second power play unit.

“Should help on the penalty kill, should help at even strength and on the power play, he’s a good player, we’re thrilled to have him back,” Babcock said. “We think the deeper you are in the back and the better you move the puck the better chance you have to be successful.

“We’ll see what happens,” Babcock added. “No such thing as too much D at playoff time.”

Agent: Bertuzzi close to signing an extension with Wings

DETROIT – As this NHL season draws closer to the playoffs, the Wings have already begun working on how the roster for next season and beyond is going to look.

Todd Bertuzzi, who is in the final year of a two-year deal for just under $2 million a season, is close to signing a two-year extension with the team.

Bertuzzi’s agent Patrick Morris sent a text stating that the two sides are close to a deal.

The deal, which could be announced as early as Thursday, is expected to have a salary-cap hit of just over $2 million a season

Bertuzzi, who just turned 37, has played on the Wings’ top line after missing six games earlier this season with a back injury. When Wings coach Mike Babcock put him along with Pavel Datsyuk and John Franzen that unit really caught fire.

He has 12 goals and 17 assists in 54 games this season and is a plus-21, which is the second best plus-minus rating amongst the forwards. Franzen leads the forwards at a plus-26.

Wings GM Ken Holland said earlier this month that the team wanted to re-sign Bertuzzi.

“He’s in great shape and playing with a lot of confidence,” Holland said. “And that line as got great chemistry.

On Tuesday, the team traded for defenseman Kyle Quincey. He’s a restricted free agent at the end of the season and Holland has already said they would make him an offer to remain with the team.

The Wings have a long list of unrestricted free agents to sign or let go this offseason. Defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Brad Stuart and Mike Commodore, along with forwards Jiri Hudler and Tomas Holmstrom are all in the final year of deals as is goalie Ty Conklin, who was assigned to Grand Rapids after clearing waivers on Tuesday.

Forwards Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader are also restricted free agents at the end of the season and both are expected to re-sign.

The Wings first got Bertuzzi prior to the trade deadline in 2007. After that season, he signed a two-year deal with Anaheim before returning back to Detroit after that contract ran out.

Bertuzzi was taken with the 23rd overall pick by the New York Islanders in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2004, while playing with Vancouver, Bertuzzi punched Colorado’s Steve Moore from behind in retaliation for an earlier hit by Moore on teammate Markus Naslund. Moore was forced to retire because of injuries sustained after the attack.

Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the league. He was reinstated in August 2005. He still faces a civil lawsuit that prevents Bertuzzi from discussing the incident.