LeBrun: Ruutu “officially” off the market

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Tuomo Ruutu has retired…from the rumor mill. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Carolina forward is “officially” off the trade market.

That was pretty much the case last week when Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford announced he would try to re-sign the pending UFA forward, but now with Ruutu out three to four weeks with an upper body injury, it makes it a moot point. A Canes source confirmed to ESPN.com Tuesday night that Ruutu would not be going anywhere. Talks on a contract extension continue.

It was a fantastic run, and we’ll never forget it. Ruutu retires from the rumor mill as one of the greatest ever.