Making Sense Of The Tuomo Ruutu Rumor

February 8, 2012, by

TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Rangers have significant interest in Carolina Hurricanes’ winger Tuomo Ruutu. Ruutu is another guy in the Ryan Smyth mold, one that would make sense for the Rangers as he fits into their style of play. According to McKenzie, the cost for Ruutu is “a significant draft pick and a solid prospect or a top prospect alone.”

That is a very steep asking price, especially when Ruutu is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, when he will be 29 years old. The Hurricanes are clearly looking to rebuild, and it is expected that they would ask for a lot for one of their better players. That said, Ruutu is going to be a depth addition for any acquiring team, and a short term depth addition at that.

To break down that price in Rangers terms, a “significant draft pick” likely means a first-round pick, and a “solid prospect” likely means someone like Ryan Bourque. A “top prospect” would be someone along the lines of Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, Chris Kreider, or Christian Thomas. The price, as it stands now, is simply unreasonable.

Looking at where he fits in for the Rangers, his presence would definitely be an upgrade on the left side, where the forwards have been juggled more often than Lindsay Lohan’s court dates. He would also serve as an upgrade over John Mitchell, who would likely be bumped from the everyday lineup if the Rangers were to land a forward.

That said, Ruutu doesn’t look like the answer to the Rangers powerplay woes, as he has just four powerplay points this season. Ruutu will be a presence in front of the net, but he’s not of the Smyth variety who makes a living out of it. This rumor has some decent legs to it, as it came from McKenzie, and not some fledgling writer looking for hits.


  1. Blueshirt in Paris says:

    If that is the price, walk.

    There was a list of players that were traded for 1st round picks at the deadline and Ruutu is not even close to being the same caliber.

    He would help for sure but not enough to warrant that cost.

  2. Zen says:

    He is worth no more than a 2nd and maybe a mid-tier prospect… and even that could be considered steep given his age and the fact that he is a rental. I just don’t see Slats paying the asking price.

  3. Dave says:

    In the end I see Ruutu going for something along the lines of what McCabe went for. Mid-level prospect and a mid-pick.

  4. Rickyrants13 says:

    Dave said it best Anything more would be a waste. Unless it just happens to be a D player who really doesnt have much of a chance of making it because of the numbers game.

  5. Chris says:

    I’d gladly acquire Ruutu, as most would, but would not move more than a second round pick. We can afford to move quality picks like that because of our recent drafting and prospect depth.

  6. The Suit says:

    I like Ruutu, he reminds me of what I had hoped Avery would become (skill + agitating without crossing too far over the line) prior to his unraveling.

    But I’m still against giving up top picks/prospects for a rental. If only Burke would make his damn moves already, set the market and move on.

  7. Mikeyyy says:


    Wowo and Avery for tuomo , Jared Staal and a 2nd round pick,

    Let’s face it, Carolina’s trying to get rid of tuomo.. Avery adds some much much needed grit to Carolina, while woo replaces ruutus offense.

    Jared Staal because If anyone can turn him into a respectable nhler it’s our farm system.

    And the pick is because we would give Car two serviceable wingers which they need right now. Someone to play with Eric Staal.

    • The Suit says:

      Not that I wouldn’t make that trade in a heartbeat, but I think Rutherford is looking for prospects, something they could use as building blocks. WoWo & Avery would be rentals. Both player’s careers hang by a thread. Not exactly the kind of exchange you’d want for a guy who’ll probably net 25 goals this year.

  8. rob sahm says:

    i would much rather have ryan smyth or dustin penner