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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ruutu's debut

Tuomu Ruutu has said that he'll remember his first game as a Hurricane for the rest of his life. He was picked up at the airport by Hall of Famer Ron Francis. The two of them rode to the arena in a cop car, presumably with sirens blaring, barely in time for the 7:00 game.

In his second shift, he blistered Colin White with a humongous hit. He tallied an assist on the first Samsonov goal. He also suffered an injury when he was clipped by Hepatitis Boy's stick. Here's the video of his Hurricanes debut, which includes the hit that knocked Tim Gleason out of the game:

Ruutu did not practice today, and is listed as "doubtful" for Thursday's game. However, he met with members of the media today and had a difficult time wiping the smile from his face. He's happy to be here, and so far we're very happy with him.

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