Hurricanes trade rumors: Jiri Tlusty, Tuomo Ruutu reportedly on the block

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

TSN reports the Hurricanes are looking to move their two struggling forwards.

The Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly shopping forwards Jiri Tlusty and Tuomo Ruutu, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Both forwards are having sub-par years, and a move for either wouldn't come as a surprise as the Hurricanes are struggling on the ice this season. Dreger said the two are being shopped as part of Carolina's search for a puck-moving defenseman.

Tlusty, just 25 years old, has just six points this season in 23 games. He's found himself in coach Kirk Muller's doghouse, relegated to checking-line minutes the last two weeks. Tlusty's regression is surprising considering he scored 23 goals and 38 points in 48 games last season. He'd be a hot commodity due to his age and $1.4 million cap hit.

Ruutu has battled nagging injuries all season, managing just three points in 18 games. At that rate of production, his $4.75 million cap hit will be a tough sell on the trade market.

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