(SportsData) — Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu recently underwent hip surgery and will be out for an undetermined length of time.
“We’re not sure how long he will be out,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told reporters. “Certainly through the regular season, if we play it. Maybe longer.” A league source told ESPN that Ruutu is expected to be out until “at least early May.”
Rutherford said he did not know how Ruutu sustained the hip injury, noting the Finn passed his year-end physical after last season. Ruutu started complaining of a sore hip in August and tried “a number of things” to rehab it.
“There was really nothing that had signaled surgery might be necessary,” Rutherford said. “It just flared up. Like most athletes, hockey players have a lot of wear and tear on their hips.”
Carolina signed the 29-year old Ruutu to a four-year, $19 million contract extension last February, preventing him from hitting unrestricted free agency this summer. He was fifth on the team last year with 34 points, including 18 goals.
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