• Devils' Ruutu Picks Up Assist Friday

    News: Tuomo Ruutu assisted on Peter Harrold's third-period goal in Friday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
    Analysis: Tuomo Ruutu has been a lineup regular since returning from injured reserve in late January, but hasn't provided much production while serving primarily as a bottom-six forward. A stark decline in ice time and a depreciation of skill since his prime years with the Hurricanes in the late aughts seems to have been the primary downfall for Ruutu, who has only 12 points in 61 games. The end could be near for the 32-year-old.
  • New Jersey Activates Ruutu

    News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) was activated from IR by New Jersey on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Tuomo Ruutu is evidently healthy enough to play Wednesday against the Leafs, but with just eight points and 20 PIM in 43 games to date, he's only an option in deeper formats.
  • Devils' Ruutu (Illness) On Ice For Morning Skate

    News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: It looks like the All-Star break provided sufficient time for Tuomo Ruutu to recover from the flu, but it's uncertain if he'll return to the lineup for Wednesday's tilt with the Maple Leafs, the Devils' first game of the second half. He remains listed on injured reserve for the squad, so he'll be questionable to play until he's formally activated.
  • Devils' Ruutu (Illness) Should Play Next Week

    News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) will resume practicing with the Devils on Monday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Tuomo Ruutu was placed on injured reserve after a case of the flu resulted in the team ruling the forward out for the entirety of its three-game road trip prior to the All-Star break. It looks like Ruutu has since regained his stamina after skating on his own back in New Jersey for the full week, so look for the Devils to activate him for their first game out of the break Wednesday against the Leafs. His return to the lineup should be confirmed following his full participation in Monday's practice.
  • Devils' Ruutu Placed On IR

    News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
    Analysis: Tuomo Ruutu isn't expected to return until after the All-Star break, so the Devils' decision to move him to IR isn't a surprising one. Eric Gelinas was activated in a corresponding move.
  • Devils' Ruutu Unlikely To Join Team For Road Trip

    News: General manager Lou Lamoriello said Tuomo Ruutu (illness) is "very doubtful" to join the Devils for the remaining three games on their road trip, Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
    Analysis: Both Tuomo Ruutu and Jaromir Jagr continue to deal with significant cases of the flu and haven't been progressing as quickly as expected. With the Devils activating Eric Gelinas (illness) in advance of Wednesday's game, either Ruutu or Jagr will be moved to IR to clear a roster spot. After the Devils' road trip concludes, the NHL will break for the All-Star Game, meaning we likely won't see Ruutu back in action until Jan. 28 against the Maple Leafs.
  • Devils' Ruutu Will Not Make Trip To Los Angeles

    News: Tuomo Ruutu (illness) will not travel with the team to Los Angeles for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Tuomo Ruutu has not officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game, but with him staying in New Jersey while the rest of his teammates head west, he almost certainly will not play against the Kings. The Devils will play their next three games on the road, and Ruutu could join the team at some point if he starts feeling better over the next few days.
  • New Jersey's Ruutu Under The Weather

    News: GM/interim coach Lou Lamoriello isn't sure whether Tuomo Ruutu (illness) will be able to travel to Los Angeles for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, both Tuomo Ruutu and Jaromir Jagr remain under the weather, which clouds the duo's status for Wednesday's contest.
  • Ruutu Misses Practice Sunday With Illness

    News: Tuomo Ruutu didn't practice Sunday due to an illness, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Tuomo Ruutu hasn't done much offensively this year for the Devils, posting just eight points (five goals, three assists) in 43 games, and averaging just 11:28 of ice time. Since the Devils don't play until Wednesday, it's possible he will be available, but the team should provide an update on his status prior to the game.
  • Devils' Ruutu Breaks Scoring Slump

    News: Tuomo Ruutu tallied his fourth goal of the season in Friday's 2-0 win over the Oilers.
    Analysis: The 31-year-old has found ice time hard to come by while he's remained relegated to a bottom-six role this season. His limited ice time (9:22 per game) has unsurprisingly resulted in meager point totals (five in 19 games).