Tuomo Ruutu’s career will resume in Europe as the veteran left wing has agreed to terms with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A, the team announced on Friday.
Ruutu attempted to latch on with the Vancouver Canucks during the preseason after spending the 2015-16 campaign with the New Jersey Devils but was released from his professional tryout contract prior to the start of the season. He appeared in five preseason games for the Canucks, recording a short-handed goal, two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.
The 33-year-old Ruutu played in only 33 contests with the Devils last season and was unproductive in his limited time. He registered just one assist and eight penalty minutes while finishing at minus-7.
Selected by Chicago with the ninth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Ruutu made his debut for the Blackhawks in 2003-04, scoring 23 goals and setting up 21 others in 82 games. Ten of his tallies came on the power play and three were game-winners – including one in overtime, but he posted a ghastly minus-31 rating.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder spent 2 1/2 more seasons with Chicago before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in February 2008 for Andrew Ladd. Ruutu enjoyed his best offensive season with the Hurricanes in 2008-09, scoring a career-high 26 goals in 79 contests.
Ruutu, who recorded a personal-best 57 points with Carolina in 2010-11, was dealt the New Jersey for Andrei Loktionov in March 2014 – just over two years after he signed a four-year, $19 million contract extension with the Hurricanes. His tenure with the Devils was less than successful as he notched only 10 goals and 12 assists in 129 games.
A native of Finland, Ruutu has collected 148 goals and 198 assists in 735 career contests with the Blackhawks, Hurricanes and Devils. He has appeared in the playoffs just once, recording a goal and three assists in 16 games with Carolina in 2009.
Ruutu, whose brother Jarkko spent 11 seasons in the NHL, has helped his country win numerous medals in international play. He captured the bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in both 2010 and 2014 and silver at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey while collecting one gold, one silver and two bronzes at the IIHF World Championship from 2006-11.