Rutta re-signed with the Lightning on a one-year, $1.3 million deal Friday.
Rutta totaled eight points in 37 games between the Blackhawks and Lightning this past season, adding two assists in Tampa Bay's four-game, first-round sweep at the hands of the Blue Jackets. He'll provide affordable blue line depth for a Lightning team that has a number of hefty salary obligations on the books elsewhere in the lineup.
Rutta picked up an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 loss in Game 4 against the Blue Jackets.
Rutta actually played in all four postseason games and he delivered two assists and a plus-2 rating. Rutta skated in just 37 games this season and most were with Chicago. But he could be in line for a bottom-pairing role in 2019-20 with Brayden Coburn, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman's contracts all expiring.
The Lightning recalled Rutta from AHL Syracuse on Friday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Anton Stralman is dealing with a lower-body injury, but there's still six other healthy forwards so Rutta will likely just serve as insurance. He's used to that role, as he was called up in February and was a healthy scratch in all three games.
Rutta was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday.
The Lightning promoted Mathieu Joseph from the AHL's Crunch in a corresponding move, with Rutta still waiting to make his debut for the offensively charged Eastern Conference club. It's not worth holding onto the defenseman in fantasy leagues since he lacks a stable role at the highest level.
Tampa Bay recalled Rutta from AHL Syracuse on Tuesday.
Victor Hedman (lower body) is considered probable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, but if he's unable to go, Rutta will be on hand to round out the Lightning's depth at defense. The former Blackhawk will return to the minors as soon as Hedman's given a clean bill of health.
The Lightning reassigned Rutta to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday.
Erik Cernak (lower body) may be ready to return Thursday against the Stars, so Tampa Bay is no longer in need of Rutta's services as a depth defender. The 28-year-old will continue to be one of the first players the Lightning turns to when dealing with injuries on the back end, but he won't have any fantasy value this season.
Rutta joined the Lightning for practice Tuesday, which suggests he's been recalled from AHL Syracuse, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Rutta has been productive in the minors since joining Tampa Bay's organization via trade Jan. 11, notching two goals and six points in seven appearances. The former Blackhawk's first opportunity to make his Lightning debut will arrive Tuesday evening against the Flames.
Rutta and a 2019 seventh-pick were traded from the Blackhawks to the Lightning on Friday in exchange for Slater Koekkoek and a 2019 fifth-round pick.
Rutta had a brief run of success with the Blackhawks in 2017-18, compiling 20 points -- six goals and 14 assists -- over 57 games. He's added another six point in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season, but Rutta will now serve as depth on the back end for the Bolts. The 28-year-old will likely begin his service at AHL Syracuse, but he could join the Lightning at some point this season.
Rutta landed on the waiver wire Thursday, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
By waiving Rutta and assigning him to the minors (assuming he clears), the Blackhawks have the necessary roster flexibility to activate Gustav Forsling (shoulder). In 23 games this season, the 28-year-old Rutta has tallied six goals, 22 shots and 21 blocks while logging 16:18 of ice time per game. With a cap hit of $2.25 million, there probably aren't many clubs willing to add the Czech to the roster.
Rutta scored two assists in Sunday's 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
The second-year blueliner now has three assists in eight games this year. He's averaging just 17:55 of ice time in those eight contests, nearly a minute and a half less than last season.
Rutta has gone scoreless through the first three games of the campaign.
Rutta has only fired two shots on goal over that span and isn't seeing any time on the man advantage, so he can be ignored in most fantasy formats unless his role with the Blackhawks changes dramatically as the season progresses.
Rutta (groin) is in the projected lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Red Wings.
Rutta has missed the Blackhawks' last few preseason contests due to a groin injury, but he's evidently left that issue in the rear-view mirror. The 28-year-old blueliner could have some value in deeper fantasy formats this season after notching six goals and 20 points in 57 games last campaign.
Rutta (groin) took part in Thursday's practice session, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
While it's certainly a step in the right direction, Rutta is likely still a long shot to play Thursday or Friday, instead focusing on a return Tuesday against Detroit. As a rookie, the blueliner logged 57 games in which he averaged 19:15 of ice time. Heading into 2018-19, the Czech should see an uptick in both games and minutes. as he takes on a bigger role with the club.
Rutta is considered day-to-day with a groin injury.
Rutta likely won't be in the lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with Detroit or Friday's exhibition against the Senators, but this injury shouldn't hold him out long term. The 28-year-old blueliner, who totaled six goals and 20 points in 57 contests last campaign, will likely skate in a second-pairing role this season.
Rutta finished the 2017-18 campaign having notched six goals and 20 points while posting a minus-1 rating in 57 games.
The 27-year-old blueliner posted a solid stat line in what was technically his rookie season, especially considering he missed a large portion of the campaign due to several different injuries. Rutta signed a one-year, $2.25 million extension with the Blackhawks in March, so he'll likely have a regular spot in their lineup in 2018-19, unless Chicago acquires several NHL-ready defenseman via the draft and free agency.
Rutta signed a one-year contract extension with Chicago on Thursday.
Rutta -- who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2017-18 campaign -- will see a significant pay bump up to $2.25 million, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The rookie defenseman has notched six goals, 13 helpers and 54 shots this season and should see a more consistent role heading into 2018-19, considering how much the Hawks are paying him.
Rutta (lower body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Rutta has missed 12 of Chicago's last 14 games due to injury, so he'll hope to stay healthy down the stretch and end the 2017-18 campaign on a high note. The oft-injured defender, who's notched six goals and 19 points in 43 contests this season, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. It remains to be seen if the Blackhawks will express any interest in bringing him back for 2018-19.
Rutta (lower body) won't play against the Avalanche on Tuesday, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.
This will be the fourth straight game Rutta watches from the sidelines. In fact, the 27-year-old defenseman has suited up for just four games since the beginning of February, notching one goal, one assist and a plus-5 rating. Expect Carl Dahlstrom to continue rotating in on the Blackhawks' blue line.
Rutta (lower body) will not play Sunday in Anaheim, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Rutta has now missed three straight games, last playing on Feb. 24. The 27-year-old rookie has six goals and 19 points in 53 games this season. This shouldn't have much impact in standard fantasy leagues.
Rutta (lower body) left Friday's practice early and isn't expected to play Saturday against the Kings, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Rutta will almost certainly miss a second consecutive game Saturday, and although he was able to hit the ice briefly Friday, the Blackhawks have yet to release a potential timetable for his return to action. Carl Dahlstrom will continue to hold onto a spot in Chicago's lineup until Rutta's cleared to play.
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