Ruutu signed a four-year contract extension on Wednesday, which keeps him, along with Eric Staal, Cam Ward and Tim Gleason, with the Hurricanes through the 2015-16 season. This officially removes one of the most coveted forwards from the market with the trade deadline now just five days away.
Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford made it clear how he views Ruutu’s role on the team, saying he’d be “extremely difficult to replace.” The team wanted to keep him in the fold, and Ruutu was more than happy and overly grateful that he was given the opportunity to stay.
“Most of all, the people – on my team, in this organization and Raleigh overall,” Ruutu said, when asked what made him want to re-sign. “I like being here, and I really think we have a good future.
“I’ve still felt comfortable throughout the whole process. I’ve been sure about what I wanted to do, and I’m really happy that they wanted to have me here.”
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