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Ruutu to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

Wednesday, 03.24.2010 / 1:33 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Ruutu to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
The Hurricanes will be down one more key player for the final weeks of the season, as Tuomo Ruutu is set to undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday.

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The procedure will correct a problem that Ruutu has dealt with for much of the season’s second half, having originally left the lineup on January 8 against Colorado. Although he returned the ice one month later, coach Paul Maurice said that the player has not felt 100 percent.

”He’s been dealing with this since he’s come off rehab, and it’s come to the point where he just can’t play the game that he needs to play,” said Maurice.

Ruutu injury comes at a time when Tim Gleason and Alex Picard are questionable to return in the final nine games of the year. Cam Ward has a much better chance, and could return as soon as next week.

Despite the injury, Ruutu had still been effective in recent weeks. Maurice praised the player’s physical style in recent games against Phoenix and Boston, but went on to say that he noticed a drop-off in the four subsequent contests.

”Give him all the credit because he’s played in some pain and played his game in some pain,” said Maurice. “He was very, very physical for as long as he could be, but he just can’t do it anymore.”

Ruutu’s recovery window has not yet been released, although Maurice noted that the rehab period will be “extensive.”

Maurice said the team’s position in the playoff hunt, which has been set back by a loss to Buffalo and an overtime loss to Tampa Bay in the last two games, was not a factor in the timing of the procedure.

“It had nothing to do with that,” he said. “If he was able to compete like he did against Phoenix and Boston and continue that, he’d still be playing. He’s just not capable of doing that and I don’t think anybody would be.”

The Hurricanes are expected to recall a yet-to-be-determined player from Albany to take Ruutu’s place. If lines from Wednesday’s practice are any indication, that player would likely play left wing with Patrick Dwyer and Jussi Jokinen.

Candidates to join the team for Thursday’s home game against Washington include Drayson Bowman, Oskar Osala and Jerome Samson. For those wondering why the promising Jiri Tlusty has not been in the recall mix, he only recently returned from a month-long spell on the sidelines due to an undisclosed injury.


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