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Devils obtain forward Ruutu from Hurricanes

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:53 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2014 Trade Deadline blog

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2014 Trade Deadline blog
Devils obtain forward Ruutu from Hurricanes

The New Jersey Devils acquired forward Tuomo Ruutu from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday in a trade for forward Andrei Loktionov and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Ruutu has five goals and 16 points in 57 games this season for the Hurricanes. The 31-year-old forward has two years remaining on his contract beyond 2013-14 that carry an average annual value of $4.75 million.

He missed a large chunk of the 2012-13 season because of offseason hip surgery. Ruutu has nine goals and 25 points in 72 games in the past two seasons combined, and 138 goals and 324 points in 606 NHL games.

Ruutu had a goal and five points in six games to help Finland win the bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Loktionov, 23, has four goals and 12 points in 48 games for the Devils this season. He is scheduled to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. Acquired from the Los Angeles Kings before last season, Loktionov has 19 goals and 38 points in 135 NHL games.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

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