– Carolina Hurricanes
forward Tuomo Ruutu
, one of the top potential pieces that may be available at the upcoming NHL trade deadline, left Monday night's game against the Montreal Canadiens
with an upper-body injury.
Just after Jiri Tlusty
scored to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 3:09 of the first, Ruutu took what looked to be a rather innocuous hit from Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec
and went to the bench.
The Hurricanes announced via Twitter shortly afterwards that Ruutu was done for the night with an upper-body injury.
Ruutu is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, though Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is exploring the possibility of re-signing him before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.