facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ruutu signs 4-year deal with Hurricanes

Feb. 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM   |   Comments

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Forward Tuomo Ruutu and the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed on a four-year contract extension, General Manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday.

Ruutu, 29, was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and was the subject of trade speculation until he sustained an upper-body injury last week.

"Players like Tuomo are extremely difficult to replace, and it is very important for our franchise to keep him here long-term," 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."

The eight-year NHL veteran has racked up 17 goals and 30 points over 57 games this season.

During his 517-game career with the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina, Ruutu has amassed 128 goals, 295 points and 498 penalty minutes.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Erin Andrews has awkward interview with SF Giants' Hunter Pence Erin Andrews has awkward interview with SF Giants' Hunter Pence
2
North Carolina releases report on academic scandal
3
NHL postpones Ottawa Senators game after parliament shootings NHL postpones Ottawa Senators game after parliament shootings
4
First-place Broncos shift focus to Rivers, Chargers
5
2013-14 college football bowl results 2013-14 college football bowl results
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback