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Hurricanes, Ruutu agree to 4-year extension

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with year contract extension on Wednesday.

"Players like Tuomo are extremely difficult to replace, and it is very important for our franchise to keep him here long term," said 'Canes general manager Jim Rutherford. "Along with the physical elements and skill level that he brings on the ice, Tuomo is a popular leader in our locker room. We are very happy that he has committed to what we are building here, and is excited about what the future holds for the Hurricanes."

The 29-year-old has totaled 17 goals and 30 points in 57 games for Carolina this season, his eighth in the NHL.

A former first-round pick of Chicago in 2001, Ruutu has compiled 128 goals, 295 points and 498 penalty minutes in 517 games for the Blackhawks (2003-08) and Hurricanes (2008-present).