Ruutu played his best hockey as a member of the Hurricanes in the late 2000s, highlighted by a 57-point campaign in 2010-11.Fans of Ruutu know that he plays aggressively and tends to hit anything that moves."When I don’t think too much and just play physical, I play my best and I’m stronger with the puck," Ruutu said."In a situation like this (PTO), you want to live in the moment and now is the time to do it.Over the past two years, the 33-year-old managed a meager 14 points in 110 contests.With numbers like that, the winger will be hard pressed to find a team willing to add him to the roster just before Opening Night.Ruutu however was not on any of the Cup teams for Carolina nor Chicago.Ruutu is on a PTO with the Canucks and it's beginning to look like he will make the final roster because of his strong play.
HIFK, based in Helsinki, is one of the more decorated teams in the Finnish Elite League and claims such NHL alumni as Nicklas Backstrom and Tuomo Ruutu as well as former Florida players Olli Jokinen, Tomas Vokoun, Ville Peltonen, Cory Murphy and Tim Thomas.
Ruutu signed a professional tryout agreement with the Canucks on Tuesday.
Ruutu has been with the Devils the past three seasons, but saw action in just 33 games this past year due to a fractured foot that kept him off the ice for an extended period of time.
He had his best NHL season to date statistically in the 2005–2006 season, scoring 10 goals and 7 assists for 17 points in 82 games, while amassing 142 penalty minutes with the Canucks.
In the off-season, Ruutu became a free agent on July 1, 2006 and signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins.