Ducks acquire Jarkko Ruutu from Ottawa

Posted: 02/18/2011 by bc in Uncategorized

Anaheim Ducks have added narly depth forward Jarkko Ruutu by sending a 2011 sixth round entry draft to the Senators. Ruutu joins fellow Finns Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu and Toni Lydman in Anaheim.

On the ice, Jarkko brings his in your face agitating style, PK ability and improves the speed on the fourth line. The downside is that he can find himself in the sinbin too often and like Jason Blake, Jarkko can occasionally awake sleeping giants.

The acquisitions of Lapierre, Ruutu and the trade of Joffrey Lupul eases one of my longtime criticisms of our Ducks under Bob Murray. That is lack of speed throughout the lineup.

The acquisition means Kyle Chipchura may have played his last game with the Ducks. Well liked by fans and teammates for his honest game, Chipchura has to improve his skating to earn a career as a depth forward in the NHL.

Note: Working on a followup to Randy Carlyle’s Big Challenge. I expect to have it posted sometime today or this evening. The ugly loss against the Caps presents Carlyle with the exactly the Catch 22 I was writing about.

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Comments
  1. ffe155 says:

    BC,

    What are your thoughts on the impact of the tight Pacific Division/Western Conference race on SC Playoff success?

    In essence, the Ducks and every other Pac Div team are in the play offs now – every game counts. In 2009, the high intensity of the post trade deadline push to the play-offs paid big dividends vs. SJ and Det. This year, nearly everyone in the West Conf is playing every night at play-off intensity. Can this be sustained through the remainder of the regular season and play-offs? The recent depth acquisitions may pay big dividends in what should be a wild finish to the regular season.

    • BackCheck says:

      Hey ffe155,

      This is thrilling. Our Ducks have a two game losing streak and fall from a tie in the Pacific Div. to last and from 4th to 8th in the Western conference. Wow.

      In terms of the impact of a long playoff race on playoff success, it depends on how the team/org views the playoffs. When making the playoffs is the goal, often there is a letdown or relax following achievement. That’s human nature. The thing you want to avoid is seeing the playoffs as an end rather than the beginning.

      Like you noted, our Ducks were successful in avoiding the letdown following achievement because they saw themselves as Cup competitive team.

      By the time you get to the Conference Finals and Stanley Cup Final health and heart become a real factor. Every team is banged up by the late rounds. Sometimes it’s not necessarily the best team but it’s the healthiest team that wins the Cup. Obviously, I don’t know this first hand as I never played in the NHL.

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