Carolina Hurricanes trade Tuomo Ruutu to NY Devils

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FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Carolina Hurricanes traded their much loved forward Tuomo Ruutu to the New Jersey Devils in return for Andrei Loktionov plus a conditional draft pick. This happened on Wednesday as the trade deadline loomed to an end on Wednesday noon.
Although the deal came somewhat heavy for the Hurricanes they were still happy to go with it. There were talks that the Hurricanes would want to get a new goaltender after they awarded their current goaltender Anton Khudobin 2 year contract extension upon the existing contract. But their general manager Jim Rutherford denied the rumors, saying that they were content with their current goaltender Khudobin and had chosen to go with him.
“We decided to go with the three goalies and then sort it out in the summertime,” Rutherford said.
Rutherford said that Tuomo had started to sustain one injury after the other and now was becoming injury prone. After sustaining repeat injury a player naturally starts to break down and that was exactly what happened, said that manager. He added that he was starting to become a liability for the Hurricanes.
“Tuomo was a good player for us but injuries have been an issue. He’s at the point now where he is healthy and getting his game back,” he said, “but based on the return on investment, we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to get a younger player for him with a good upside.”
About Loktionov, Rutherford said that he packed quite the talent and from his performance it was easy to see that he would serve best to play power play.
“We think he has a high skill level and he can play on the power play. We have to wait and see where he fits in best. When he was in Los Angeles he played well,” he said. “When he was with New Jersey and playing with (Ilya) Kovalchuk, he played well. This year his ice time was cut back. We don’t know the reason why but he’s certainly a very capable player.”
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