The Fourth Period notes that General Manger Jim Rutherford could be open to dealing Ruutu. However, they also note that Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos has said that the likelihood of a deal taking place is not very high.
The reason being, no teams are willing to take on his salary. Ruutu’s cap hit is $4.7 million. His contract also lasts for two more years after the 2013-14 season. They also note Kypreos said it also might be because of him being injury-prone. Of course, a team trying to make the playoffs probably doesn’t want to risk trading for a player that might not play for them a lot.
Term left on a contract is usually something looked for by some teams out of the playoff race at the deadline. However, with a player like Ruutu, it’s the teams that are heading to the playoffs that would most likely be interested in him. Those teams are looking for rental players rather than players with term left on their contract.
With the Hurricanes only three points out of an Eastern Conference Playoff spot, Ruutu could be a valuable member of the team in a playoff race. However, you have to wonder if the Rutherford thinks he would more valuable as a trading chip. That four-year deal he signed Ruutu might have been a bad idea if they are already thinking of dealing him.