The Hurricanes have loved Tuomo Ruutu's intangibles from the moment he arrived at the trade deadline in 2008 -- his physical play, his honestly, his leadership, his hustle.
That's why they tried so hard to re-sign him when they could easily have dealt him to a contender for a relatively significant return, maybe even the player and first-round pick the Hurricanes were demanding.
The Hurricanes wanted Ruutu to stay. Ruutu wanted to stay. They found common ground Wednesday when Ruutu agreed to a four-year, $19 million contract extension. And the moment he signed that deal to stay here, the bar for Ruutu was set a little higher.