Hurricanes’ asking price for Tuomo Ruutu scaring suitors away?

SportsNet’s HockeyCentral Trade Tracker panel recently are reporting that there’s been lots of calls made to the Carolina Hurricanes about the availability of forward Tuomo Ruutu ahead of the February 27 trade deadline.

But despite reports to the contrary from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun and TSN’s Daren Dreger, a move doesn’t appear to be imminent.

The HockeyCentral panel say that Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford is not enamored with the offers he has been receiving thus far and may wait until just before the trade deadline to make a move.

On the flip side, there are some general managers who believe that the asking price — thought to be a first round draft pick and a top prospect — is too high at the moment. So they’re not ready to make a deal either.

Reports earlier in the week had a number of teams — including the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks — interest in acquiring a proven playoff performer who can provide some grit and a scoring touch like Ruutu.

The Ottawa Senators are also one of those teams, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. However, Garrioch notes that Senators general manager Bryan Murray is one of the GMs who believe the asking price is too high.

You inquire with several teams about what they might be looking for or doing, but nothing in any detail. Any team in our spot has needs. If there’s an upgrade available in a couple of spots, we would really look at it.

Garrioch has also reported numerous occasions that the Toronto Maple Leafs may be interested in Ruutu.

Kevin Allen of USA Today suggests that Ruutu would be a good fit for the Nashville Predators to bolster their forward group. And show pending pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Ryan Suter that they’re serious about winning at the same time to persuade him to remain with the club.

Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa suggests some time back that the Boston Bruins may pursue the Ruutu — as they have done in the past — to add some depth to their bottom two lines.

Meanwhile, Garrioch reports that the Hurricanes have actually held talks with Ruutu — who is an unrestricted free agent come July 1st — about a contract extension. However, it appears as he may have priced himself out of Carolina. It’s rumored Ruutu is seeking somewhere between $4.0 and 4.5 million on the open market.

What that means is the Hurricanes will more than likely trade Ruutu before the deadline.

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