According to Sami Hoffren of Ilta-Sanomat (Finland), former NHL forward Tuomo Ruutu has signed with HC Davos of the NLA (Switzerland). It’s a one-year deal for the 33-year old, meaning a return to the NHL next year is not out of the question.
After finding himself unable to secure anything but a PTO with the Canucks this summer, Ruutu was cut just before the start of the season. He’ll now continue his playing career overseas, where he may be able to find some offensive success once again.
As a rookie in 2003-04, it seemed as though a young Ruutu was set to take the league by storm, scoring 23 goals and 44 points on a terrible Chicago team. It looked as though the club had a quartet of young forwards to build around as Tyler Arnason, Mark Bell and Kyle Calder (all 24 or younger) each also scored 20+ goals. That year and the one following would prove to be the high-point for each of them however, until Ruutu rediscovered his game in Carolina in 2008-09. 26 goals and 54 points would represent a career high for the Finn, and the only time he’d see the playoffs in his NHL career.
A ninth-overall pick, Ruutu never did fulfill on his potential of an elite point producer, and has only contributed 19 goals in the last four seasons. Davos is 8-8-1 and struggling in 9th place, and could use the offensive help; they’ve only scored 46 goals in 17 games, while surrendering 54.