With the Carolina Hurricanes making key acquisitions over the summer—most notably Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal—many believed the Canes were going to be a competitive squad this upcoming season.
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.”