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Posts Tagged Tuomo Ruutu
Roster and Goalie Notes: Senators, Canes, Bruins, Pens, Leafs, Canucks, Devils, Caps, Panthers, Blues and Predators
- Darren Dreger: Senators confirm that Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup tonight. Sidney Crosby is having more dental work done today.
- Chip Alexander: Hurricanes Alexander Semin has a concussion.
- Boston Bruins: Nathan Horton not on the ice today. Last update, still day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
- Will DePaoli: Penguins Paul Martin is with the team. Pittsburgh Penguins: Martin won’t play tonight, but is hopeful for Saturday. Penguins: Brooks Orpik (lower-body), Joe Vitale (lower-body) and Sidney Crosby (dental work), remained in Pittsburgh. James Neal and Martin are back to full practice, but won’t play tonight.
- Michael Traikos: Looking like both Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren won’t play tonight for the Maple Leafs. Chris Johnston: McLaren has some neck soreness.
- Farhan Lalji: Canucks Keith Ballard will play forward tonight.
- Andrew Gross: Jared Staal will be on a line with Jordan Staal and Tuomo Ruutu.
- Bruce Garrioch: Senators lines: Greening-Smith-Alfredsson; Michalek-Turris-Conacher; Condra-Zibanejad-Silfverberg; Latendresse-Pageau-Neil. Brent Wallace: Defensive pairings: Methot Karlsson; Gryba Phillips; Gonchar-Cowen.
- Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Henrique-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Kostopoulos.
- Randy Sportak: Flames lines: Cammalleri-Stajan-Stempniak; Baertschi-Backlund-Hudler; Byron-Horak-Cervenka; Reinhart-Jones-Jackman. Randy Sportak: Defensive pairing: Giordano-Wideman; Brodie-Cundari; Butler-Babchuk.
- Stephen Whyno: Michal Neuvirth will start in net for the Capitals.
- Steve Goldstein: Jacob Markstrom will start in net for the Panthers tonight.
- Lou Korac: Brian Elliott will start in net for the Blues, with Jaroslav Halak backing him up.
- Randy Sportak: Joey MacDonald will start in net for the Flames.
- Preds Radio: Chris Mason will start in net for the Predators.
- Mike Morreale: Johan Hedberg will start in net for the Devils.
Injury and Roster Notes: Malkin, Lindback, Carkner, Grabner, Enstrom, Backlund, Methot, Krejci, Vanek, Ruutu and Green
- Rob Rossi via twitter: Penguins Evgeni Malkin took his first hit during practice yesterday. He said he’s “not 100 percent” and added,
“Of course, yes, because (I’m) close,” Malkin said. “I (will) try to play Friday, but it’s hard to say now because it’s just (a) couple days more. We’ll see.”
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning goalie Anders Lindback is out indefinitely with a right ankle sprain.
- NY Islanders via twitter: Islanders Matt Carkner and Michael Grabner have been activated from the IR.
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is not ready yet but ”it’s coming soon” according to coach Claude Noel.
- George Johnson of the Calgary Herald: Flames Mikael Backlund played on Monday despite have a cracked bone in his right foot.
“It went better than I thought,” he reported Wednesday. “Not too bad. Obviously the medication kicked in a little later and made it feel better. It’s still sore but once the game started, I felt pretty good. I didn’t think about it too much.”
- Ken Warren via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot could return to the lineup tonight. If he can’t go, Mike Lundin will return to the lineup after missing the last eight games.
- Fluto Shinzawa via twitter: Bruins David Krejci will be a game time decision.
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres Thomas Vanek didn’t skate this morning and is likely to miss tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs.
- Aaron Ward via twitter: Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu will make his season debut tonight.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green said he’s good to go tonight.
- Ted Kulfan via twitter: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Patrick Eaves has no fractures in his jaw and is day-to-day.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning winger Ryan Malone is out indefinitely with a left shoulder injury. Defenseman Victor Hedman is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Both players were hurt on Monday.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Senators defenseman Marc Methot left last night’s game with a lower-body injury. Aaron Ward via twitter: Early reports on Methot’s injury is that it’s a slight knee sprain.
- Mike Harrington via twitter: Sabures Thomas Vanek left last night’s game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk left last night’s game with a lower-body injury.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes defenseman Joe Corvo is out another week.
- Michael Smith via twitter: There is no timetable on Tuomo Ruutu, day-to-day evaluation process.
- Florida Panthers via twitter: The Panthers announce that Kris Versteeg will be having season ending knee surgery.
- Damian Cristodero via twitter: Lightning Vinny Lecavalier is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. It’s probably his knee that he tweaked on Saturday. Lecavalier will be put on the IR and out for at least a week.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Bruins Chris Kelly is out indefinitely with a broken left tibia.
- Rrenaud Lavoie via twitter: Senators Jason Spezza still has some stiffness in his back and it could take another four weeks.
- Michael Smith via twitter: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu is skating in a non-contract jersey today.
- St. Louis Blues via twitter: Alex Steen has been activated from the IR by the Blues. The assigned Andrew Murray to the AHL.
Injuries and Starting Goalies: Sharp, Ruutu, Weber, Filppula, Green, Jets, Ducks, Blackhawks and Red Wings
- James Duthie via twitter: Blackhawks Patrick Sharp has a fairly severe AC Joint shoulder separation and will be out for at least three weeks, could be a month. Chris Kuc via twitter: Coach Joel Quenneville said that Sharp will miss three to four weeks.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said they hope to have Tuomo Ruutu medically cleared to return to practice by the 15th.
- Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber didn’t finish last night’s game due a knee injury.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula said he’s not playing this weekend. Hopes to return next week in Calgary.
- Stephen Whyno via twitter: Capitals defenseman Mike Green skated by himself before practice.
- Gary Lawless via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets tonight.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: Viktor Fasth will start in net for the Ducks tonight.
- Tracey Myers via twitter: Corey Crawford will start in net for the Blackhawks tonight.
- Ansar Khan via twitter: Jonas Gustavsson will start in net for the Red Wings tomorrow.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Kings Jonathan Quick will be heading back to LA [today] to have his back looked at by doctors in hopes of getting cleared medially.
- Craig Custance via twitter: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu wouldn’t be ready for the start of the season. His hip surgery will keep him out until May 1st at the earliest.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: The Sharks will be without Jason Demers for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken wrist that he suffered at the Spengler Cup. Kevin Kurz via twitter: Kurz wouldn’t be surprised if the Demers injury leads the Sharks to bringing back Jim Vandermeer on a 1 year deal.
- Harvey Fialkov via twitter: Panthers Erik Gudbranson has been cleared for contact. He suffered a serious shoulder injury back in August while wakeboarding.
- HC Banska (google translate): Dana Tyrell, Clayton Stoner and Tanner Glass are heading back to North America. If the NHL season is cancelled, they would be interested in returning. Michal Handzus is also leaving. Handzus was playing for no money and covered his own insurance costs.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jason Spezza has left Switzerland to return to North America. He is open to returning to Raperswill if the NHL season is cancelled.
Afternoon notes involving: Toews, Hjalmarsson, Radulov, Vanek, Ruutu, Brown, Morrow, Desharnais, Leafs lines and starting goalies
- Chris Kuc via twitter: Blackhawks Jonathan Toews: “No one else can tell me how I feel. It’s up to me to be honest with myself and be smart about it.” There is no timetable for Toews return. Niklas Hjalmarsson will be back in the lineup tonight.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Alexander Radulov’s KHL team is out of the playoffs. Radulov wouldn’t comment on if he’s staying in Ufa.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres Tomas Vanek left last night’s game with an upper-body injury in the 3rd period. It’s not a head issue according to Lindy Ruff.
- Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu has missed the last 10 games and may be ready to return tomorrow.
- Terry Koshan via twitter: Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown will be out 7-10 days with a thigh contusion. Colby Armstrong and Cody Franson are ready to go.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Brenden Morrow said he’s questionable for tomorrow.
- Montreal Gazette: Canadiens David Desharnais suffered a lower body injury in the 1st period, had one shift in the 2nd, and didn’t return for the 3rd.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs lines: Connolly-Bozak-Kessel, MacArthur-Grabovski-Kulemin, Ashton-Steckel-Crabb, Rosehill-Lombardi-Frattin-Armstrong.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Allen York was recalled by the Blue Jackets and will back up Curtis Sanford in St. Louis.
- Elliotte Friedman via twitter: Ben Bishop will start in net for the Senators against the Sabres.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars tomorrow.
Months ago, the Carolina Hurricanes appeared poised for a February fire-sale of epic proportions. The ‘Canes stood in last place in the Eastern Conference, Eric Staal couldn’t break out of his disastrous slump, and Jeff Skinner was on injured reserve; essentially, the season was dead. But GM Jim Rutherford did have a number of upcoming free agents under his belt, including hot commodities like Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu, and the frenzy of trade offers was just beginning.
Nowadays, though, Carolina’s outlook on the trade deadline is quite a bit cloudier.
The aggressive forecheck and precise set plays that head coach Kirk Muller began to implement back in December have caught fire, allowing the Hurricanes to earn points in 11 of their last 13 games and crawl within seven points of the playoff line.
Moreover, Gleason was re-signed by Rutherford earlier this month to a new four-year, $16 million contract including a no-trade clause, taking the stay-at-home defenseman fully off the market. Ruutu soon followed suit, as well, receiving a four-year $19 million extension just Wednesday.
Ruutu re-signs with Canes … Most Avs up for grabs … Kings like Pominville and Stafford … Sabres trying to re-sign Gaustad
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: Tuomo Ruutu and the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a 4 year contract extension with a salary cap hit of $4.75 million.
- Adrian Dater via twitter: From some high ranking people “almost everyone on Avs in play except three or four guys.” If the Avalanche were to trade Paul Stastny, they need to take back almost as much salary to stay above the salary floor. Highly unlikely. Capgeek: The Avs can’t take back more than $3.9 million in cap hits without taking salary back.
- Dennis Bernstain via twitter: The Kings are interested in Sabres forwards Jason Pominville and Drew Stafford.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: The Sabres are trying to re-sign center Paul Gaustad.
- Calgary Flames via twitter: Flames Chris Butler will be out 3 weeks with a left thigh laceration.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Islanders put Tim Wallace on waivers.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said that ownership has been very supportive so far, and that trade talks have become more focused. He also noted that he’s received lots of “creativity” in trade interest with several of their players.
- Kevin Allen via twitter: There may be more interest in Stars Steve Ott if he wasn’t making $3.2 million next year.
- Bob McKenzie via twitter: The Wild have recalled goalie Matt Hackett due to a Josh Harding minor injury. It’s not trade related.
- Chip Alexander via twitter: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said he did not set a deadline day for re-signing Tuomo Ruutu. Some assumed that he did since he mentioned he expected a decision by mid-week. Rutherford added: “We’ve worked very hard on it and gone as far as we can go. We’re hoping he’s staying and will get a positive answer from him.” He also said he didn’t expect to be active leading up to the deadline. “I say that now, but you can get surprised.” The Hurricanes also hope to get Joni Pitkanen back in the lineup in the next 10 days.
- Andy Strickland via twitter: One of the Sharks star players wouldn’t be opposed to them adding Sean Avery, saying the veterans could handle him. Sharks management may not be on the same page as their star player though.
- Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings and Todd Bertuzzi are closing in on a 2 year contract extension worth close to $2.2 million per season.
- Slava Malamud via twitter: Alexander Radulov is saying the Predators are “pressing” him to return to the NHL.
- Nick Cotsonika via twitter: From Cotsonika’s interview with Sharks GM Wilson, he said that the early deals are the best but “sellers can sometimes dictate that if they’re going to put a guy on the market or not.” In other words, Wilson may prefer to make a big deal in the summer.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have begun talks with pending free agent Brandon Prust. Other Rangers free agents are Ruslan Fedotenko, Martin Biron, Steve Eminger, John Mitchell and Jeff Woywitka.
Written by Brian Smith and can be found on twitter at @sharkfinfan32
For the past 5 seasons the San Jose Sharks have been buyers at the trade deadline and this year looks no different. In the past Sharks GM Doug Wilson has done a lot of tweaking of the team, by acquiring “rental” players like Dominic Moore. But this year hopefully is different for the Sharks. Because Wilson traded away 2- Top 6 Forwards in Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi the team began the season with just 5 legitimate top 6 forwards.
With the anticipated Martin Havlat injury, that depth as gone down to 4 Legitimate top 6 forwards. With no decent minor league forwards prospects on the horizon the team has had to use 3rd and 4th line players like Tommy Wingels, Benn Ferriero, and Torrey Mitchell on the top line at times this year. A legitimate Stanley Cup contender can not win with player like that on your top line.
While there are names like Rick Nash out their, I doubt Wilson would be willing to pull the strings on a deal that would in the long run benefit the team, but in the short run might hurt the team. I for one would sacrifice this year as I don’t see this team as anywhere near a Stanley Cup contender. While this will not go over well with Sharks fans, many of whom are disenchanted with Sharks management, I see Wilson doing more of his “tweaking” come deadline day. I could see him making a run at Tumuo Ruutu, or Ales Hemsky, neither of whom is a long term solution for the team. I could also see Wilson standing pat and claiming he is happy with the team the way it is currently assembled.
Written by Travis Ramsay
Heading into the 2011-12 season the Senators were picked by many to finish dead last. Last years trade deadline saw the team unload players for draft picks to start what looked like a long and arduous rebuilding process. The Sens have turned out to be one of the biggest surprises of the season. As I write out this article, Ottawa (31-22-8) sits securely in seventh place, only 2 points behind Boston in the race for the Northeast Division lead and 6 points ahead of both Toronto and Winnipeg, who are in 8th and 9th respectively.
The Senators have been able to find success due to resurgences from many members of their veteran core. Chris Phillips is on pace to more than double his point total from last season and is a plus player again after finishing -35 last year. Veterans Gonchar, Kuba, Neil, Foligno, Michalek and Alfredsson have all also matched or surpassed their point totals from last year at the 3/4 season mark this year.
In net Craig Anderson has stepped up his level of play from being just okay on a team that is still defensively immature to being stellar and making the big saves when his team makes mistakes in front of him. Anderson has 2 shutouts in is last three starts and ranks amongst the league leaders in wins.