Originally written on Sports Injury Alert  |  Last updated 10/14/13

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Tuomo Ruutu #15 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 23, 2009 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Hurricanes 1-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Injuries have been an issue for Tuomo Ruutu in the past. That is why it was that much more troubling that Ruutu did not make his season debut until Sunday. However what was even more of an issue, is that the Carolina Hurricanes were on the secretive side regarding the nature of his injury. We have become used to teams dodging specifics on injuries, and this was no different. The most we got out of the Hurricanes, was that this was a “lower body injury”. Ruutu has had issues with his hip in the past, so the concern was that it was the cause of his absence. In his debut, not much was asked of Ruutu and he logged 10:28 of ice time and finished with two shots on goal, a -1 rating, and 2 penalty minutes. After the forward battled medical issues all fall, it made sense to ease him back into action. However, the positive here, is that Ruutu saw about three minutes of his ice time on the power play. But the even better news, is that when Carolina plays again on Tuesday, Ruutu will be on the...
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