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Tuomo Ruutu  #15

New Jersey Devils  Left Wing
NUMBER: 15 BIRTHDATE: February 16, 1983  (AGE 32)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CHI / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (9th overall)
Appeared in 700th NHL game Apr. 7 vs. NYR...Posted 1a Apr. 4 at NYR...Had points in back-to-back games three times: Feb. 6-7 (1g-1a-2pts), Dec. 23-27 (2a ) & Nov. 21-22 (2g)...Missed three games Jan. 14-19 (ill)...DND Oct. 21 vs. NYR...Scored 1st goal of season Oct. 11 at Fla...2013-14: Acquired from Car. Mar. 5 Tallied 8g-16a-24pts in 76 games overall, including 3g-5a-8pts in 19 appearances with NJ Totals included three 2pt games: 2a Mar. 11 at Phi., 1g-1a-2pts Mar. 8 vs. Car. and 2a Jan. 5 vs. Nsh Recorded points in season-high four straight games Mar. 31-Apr. 5 (2g-2a-4pts); also had points in back-to-back games six times Notched first goal in a Devils sweater with GWG Mar. 8; also posted GWG Nov. 24 vs. Ott Made New Jersey debut Mar. 7 at Det.; appeared in his 600th career NHL game Feb. 7 vs. Fla Made season debut Oct. 13 vs. Phx.; began campaign on I.R., missed first 5 games (lower body) Won second Bronze Medal with Finland at Winter Olympics; posted 1g-4a-5pts in 6 games.
Missed majority of 2005-06 due to back (October 15, 2005 at San Jose) and ankle (January 8, 2006 vs. Nashville) injuries. Traded to Carolina by Chicago for Andrew Ladd, February 26, 2008. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring hip injury and resulting surgery, January 18, 2013. Traded to New Jersey by Carolina for Andrei Loktionov and future considerations, March 5, 2014.
Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday