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February 13, 2012 | 10:41am ET
Ruutu decision to come later in week
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Carolina Hurricanes want to get Tuomo Ruutu locked into a new contract, but a decision isn't expected until later in the week.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who posted on Twitter account, "a resolution" to Ruutu's situation with the 'Canes, whether he gets signed to a new deal or is traded, won't occur for a few more days.

Several teams, including the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, have expressed an interest in Ruutu.

Ruutu, who turns 29 on Thursday, has a cap hit of $3.8 million and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford started contract negotiations with Ruutu's agent, Bill Zito, last week. Ruutu is believed to be looking for around $5 million per season on a new deal.

In 56 games with the Hurricanes so far this season, the native of Vantaa, Finland, has accumulated 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points.

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