Last week, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said his club would definitely be a buyer come deadline day — and he’s made good on that promise, acquiring Finnish winger Tuomo Ruutu from Carolina.
In exchange, the ‘Canes will get Russian forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.
Ruutu, 31, is in the second of a four-year, $19 million deal with a $4.75 million cap hit. He’s struggled with injuries over the last two seasons and hasn’t found his form this year, scoring just five goals and 16 points in 57 games, averaging 14:15 TOI per night.
Ruutu has spent the last seven years in Carolina and had a solid season in 2010-11, when he scored 19 goals and 57 points while appearing in all 82 games. Since then, though, he’s been derailed by concussion and hip issues.
‘Canes GM Jim Rutherford has already addressed the trade via Twitter:
Loktionov, 23, is on a one-year deal worth $725,000, so this is shaping up to be a major salary dump for Carolina.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.