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Moving Ruutu would give the Hurricanes flexibility.
The Hurricanes may have signed Tuomo Ruutu to a contract extension in 2012, but they should move him this summer. He is coming off an injury and has three years left on his contract at $4.75 million per year.
Ruutu is now entering the wrong side of 30, and the dynamic of the team has changed drastically. The team's makeup is primarily a group of offensive players, and Ruutu is no longer the 60-point scorer he once was.
He isn't as vital to the success of the Hurricanes as he was a few years ago, and moving him makes sense for multiple reasons.
His salary eats up a decent part of the salary cap, and the money could be better spent. The Hurricanes really need to address their blue line, and moving Ruutu could help them do that.
Jiri Tlusty, Jeff Skinner, Alex Semin, the Staal brothers and Chad Larose make a pretty decent top six, so losing Ruutu wouldn’t impact the team in a negative way.