Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed right wing Tuomo Ruutu, centre James Sheppard and goaltender Kevin Carr to professional try-out contracts.
Ruutu, 33, played 33 games with the New Jersey Devils last season and has a career total 346 points (148-198-346) and 596 penalty minutes in 735 NHL games with Chicago, Carolina and New Jersey. Ruutu has played in 16 career postseason games recording four points (1-3-4) and eight penalty minutes.
The Vantaa, Finland native has represented his country in the Olympic Winter Games (2014 bronze, 2010 bronze), World Championships (2011 gold, 2008 bronze, 2007 silver, 2006 bronze) U20 World Junior Championships (2003 bronze, 2002 bronze, 2001 silver) and U18 World Junior Championships (2000 gold). Ruutu was originally selected 9th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Blackhawks.
Sheppard, 28, played 37 games in the Swiss League in 2015.16 scoring 25 points (11-14-25) with 67 penalty minutes. In 394 career NHL games with the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild, Sheppard scored 91 points (23-68-91) and recorded 192 penalty minutes. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was originally selected 9th overall by the Minnesota Wild in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Carr, 26, appeared in 45 games with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL last season posting a 2.39 GAA and .911 save percentage. The Unionville, Ontario native signed his first professional contract in the 2013.14 season with the Peoria Rivermen.