The February trade deadline is getting closer and the Red Wings are still looking at their options. Lately there have been rumors spreading about how the Wings are searching for a veteran forward to add to their team.
Would Ruutu be a good pick for Detroit? Let's speculate on he could help on adding more depth to the Wings' front line.
This seven-year veteran has been having a decent year so far with the Hurricanes. His team—nearly through the month of December—has a losing record. Is he part of the reason for it?
The Red Wings went through a losing streak earlier this season, and it forced them to figure out how to make their team click. Once they did that, they went back to their winning ways.
The question is, will Ruutu be able to click with the Wings?
So far this year, he helped contribute to Carolina with 10 goals and eight assists. Currently, he is a minus-2 in the plus/minus status. Carolina's defense hasn't exactly been strong this year.
There is one thing he has that we may like for the playoffs: experience.
He's only made the playoffs once with Carolina and that was the 2008-09 season. Yet Ruutu participated in the Olympics so he has played in games where the stakes are high.
He is a great competitor and if it comes down to it, he can get rough. He can skate well in the forward position. The Wings need another strong competitive player.
He may be a good addition to Detroit. It's all a matter if he'll be able to click with the team.