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Hurricanes Agree To Terms With Tuomo Ruutu

Tuesday, 06.24.2008 / 12:32 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Hurricanes Agree To Terms With Tuomo Ruutu
Forward agrees to one-year contract
 
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu (TOO-oh-moh ROO-too) on a one-year contract. Ruutu will be paid $2.25 million during the 2008-09 season.
 
“We are happy he’ll be back with our team and we hope that he can stay healthy and return to the 20-goal plateau that he reached during his rookie season,” said Rutherford.
 
Acquired by Carolina from Chicago on Feb. 26 in exchange for Andrew Ladd, Ruutu finished the 2007-08 season with 10 goals, 22 assists (32 points) and 91 penalty minutes in 77 games played with the Blackhawks and Hurricanes. Ruutu, 25, was second among Hurricanes skaters in hits (171) and penalty minutes (91) and was tied for third among Hurricanes forwards in plus/minus (+4) for the season. A native of Vantaa, Finland, he represented his home nation at the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships in Canada following the season, totaling four goals and two assists (6 points) in nine games as Finland captured the bronze medal.
 
Drafted with the ninth overall pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Ruutu (6’0’’, 200 lbs.) has scored 52 goals, earned 67 assists (119 points) and totaled 275 penalty minutes in 245 career NHL regular-season games with the Blackhawks and Hurricanes. He has represented Finland at eight major international tournaments, capturing five medals. He served as an alternate captain and led Team Finland in scoring at the 2000 IIHF Under-18 World Junior Championships in Switzerland. Ruutu captured a silver medal with Finland at the 2001 U-20 World Junior Championships, and bronze medals at the 2002 and 2003 World Juniors, leading the tournament in scoring in 2003. He was a member of Finland’s team at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and the World Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008, leading the tournament 2006 with 49 penalty minutes.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
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13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72