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Time to pause your Tuomo Ruutu trade rumors

Dustin Penner, Tuomo Ruutu

Carolina Hurricanes’ Tuomo Ruutu (15), of Finland, reaches for the puck against Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Penner (25) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Carolina won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Fill-in-the-blank bloggers are enduring a rough week-or-so.

First Scott Gomez finally scored a goal, ruining approximately five million knee-jerk Twitter memes in the process. Now the trade rumor community is holding its collective breath as Carolina Hurricanes power forward Tuomo Ruutu left tonight’s game with an upper-body injury and Chip Alexander reports that he won’t return.

In case you haven’t noticed, Ruutu has been the go-to choice for hypothetical trades for just about any team in need of a top-six forward (particularly one with some grit). Ruutu’s rugged game has its drawbacks, however, as he tends to take at least as much abuse as he dishes out.

It’s too early to tell if this is just a small hiccup or a big problem, but considering the notable lack of “sellers” in the trade market, things could get a lot less interesting in the rumor mill. /sheds single tear