Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Blackhawks Re-Sign Ladd
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06-23-2008, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Andrew Hutchinson View Post
You get hurt once and get the "injury prone" tag on this board for life.

The Hurricanes can take Ruutu to arbitration. There is no way that his 32 point season will get him $3M. I haven't seen anything that indicates he's asking for that much anyways.

Ruutu scored more points-per-game with the Hurricanes than Ladd did with the Blackhawks. He's also a better defensive player and more physical, while being a natural center (Brind'amour and Cullen are coming off of serious injuries). Yet the trade is bad because...Ruutu will make a bit more money? Okay.
Ruutu has had more than just 1 injury in his short career. He had knee surgery before he came to the NHL and has never had NHL caliber speed because of it.

I loved the guy in his first season with the Hawks, after that he just lost interest in everything other than his contracts.

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