But, Tuomo Ruutu will not be there to help.
“We’re not sure how long he will be out,” Rutherford said. “Certainly through the regular season, if we play it. Maybe longer.”
Probably the question entering most fans’ minds would be why Ruutu would choose to have surgery so close—well, hopefully—to the beginning of the season.
“In August he started complaining about it,” Rutherford explained. “He tried a number of things to rehab it but it got to the point the doctors recommended surgery.
“There was really nothing that signaled surgery might be necessary. It just flared up. Like most athletes, hockey players have a lot of wear and tear on their hips.”
One thing for certain is that Ruutu’s physical play and ability to score key goals will be missed by the Raleigh-based team looking to become a top competitor in the East.