But Rutherford said this week that March 15 was the date doctors will decide if Ruutu can be cleared to return to practice. And Canes coach Kirk Muller said Sunday that once he's back in practices it may not take long for him to be ready to play.
"Hopefully by next week we get the green light from him," Muller said. "I think it will start off as team practices, then physical contact. He's a guy who has kept himself in pretty good shape. I think once it starts, as far as practices, I don't think he's too far off.
Wow, great news. Even if he only plays at his floor the offense will be significantly improved.
I think right now he would fit on the second line pretty well. That would solve a lot of the issues with people targeting Skinner. Although I can see a reunited Ruutu/Jokinen line being a good place to start him out too.
Ruutu on the 2nd with Jordan and Ruutu works perfectly. He is that glue guy THEY have been looking for and hadnt really found in Dwyer, Wallace, or Jokinen. Dwyer was close, but hasnt continued to work. Ruutu there would be absolute aces.