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03-18-2008, 12:22 PM
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Regarding T.Ruutu...

Ruutu has had more than his share of injuries, both somewhat freaky (ankle injury caused by blade) and more or less results of his playstyle (back injuries). After World Championships 2006, he hinted even about retiring (he was more or less injured during the tournament and was practically no-show [0+0 in 9 games, 49 PIM]).

Based on World Championships 2007, I would say that the talent he demonstrated in World Cup 2004 is definetly still there. How he have not managed actually to carry it through in NHL is wonder to me, but Ruutu has even self said that he was happy just to manage to play through season 2006-07, so injuries has probably still taken their toll on him (at least mentally). He definetly has skills to be more than just a wrecking ball.

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