The Hurricanes could re-sign Tuomo Ruutu, a look at the Stars potential trade deadline plans, and an update on the Maple Leafs.
WRALSPORTS/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is working on re-signing pending UFA forward Tuomo Ruutu to a contract extension, and could reach a decision by next week. Ruutu expressed a desire to stay, but the hurdle to retaining him will be length of the contract and the dollars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering over a week ago Ruutu was considered certain to be dealt, it’s quite possible he could now be retained by the Hurricanes.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, responding to readers’ e-mail questions, suggested NY Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky and Vancouver Canucks winger Mason Raymond as two players Stars management should look into acquiring, but doesn’t expect the Stars to be “buyers” at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much will depend on where the Stars are in the standings by the deadline.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said things remain very quiet in the NHL trade market.
TORONTO STAR: Bob Mitchell reports Maple Leafs prospect Korbinian Holzer could be trade bait.