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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