Bye Bye Ruutu

At this rate, who will be left to play out the rest of this miserable season?

Jarrko Ruutu has become the third Senator sent packing in less than a week. The winger was dealt to the Anaheim Ducks Thursday in exchange for a sixth-round pick as the Senators continue to clean house before the trade deadline. A looming unrestricted free agent on July 1, Ruutu has been dealt for the first first time in his career. He knew his days were numbered in Ottawa and was looking forward to the chance to play for a contender. Ruutu, 35, had two goals and eight assists this season in a limited role under coach Cory Clouston.

Anaheim GM Bob Murray was pleased to get Ruutu. The Ruutu move follows the trades of Chris Kelly to Boston Tuesday and Mike Fisher to Nashville last Thursday. Ruutu has spent the past three seasons in Ottawa, and has played for Pittsburgh and Vancouver over his 11 years in the league. Ruutu is earning $1.3 million this season in the last year of a three-year deal with the Senators. He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Ducks said via Twitter on Thursday afternoon that Ruutu will not be able to join the Ducks until he receives a work visa.

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