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Ruutu Expected to Miss Three Weeks

Tuesday, 02.14.2012 / 6:11 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Ruutu Expected to Miss Three Weeks
Tuomo Ruutu is expected to miss three weeks with an upper-body injury, an MRI revealed on Tuesday.

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The Carolina Hurricanes’ 28-year-old forward was injured in the first period of Monday night’s game in Montreal. He logged just 1:45 of ice time and did not return.

Ruutu currently leads the team in goals with 17 and ranks tied for second in points with 30.

The pending-UFA forward’s name has been the hot topic of trade rumors as of late. While this injury should not impact the Hurricanes’ desires to sign Ruutu (his long-term value outweighs this short-term setback), it could impact his trade potential. Seen as a rental player for a playoff push, a three-week absence might scare off some clubs as the season approaches the final month of play. The trade deadline is Monday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m.

In terms of immediate impact to the Hurricanes roster, the team is now down a forward. After swapping places on Sunday, forwards Jerome Samson and Drayson Bowman did so again today, with Bowman coming back to Raleigh. With the Canes next game slated for Friday, the team has time to decide how to fill the roster hole.

One option would be to dress seven defenseman, something head coach Kirk Muller has done already this season; Derek Joslin has been sidelined as a healthy scratch since the return of Jaroslav Spacek. The team is perhaps more likely to call up a forward from Charlotte, which would happen in the coming days.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
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10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
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C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61