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by Paul on 08/25/11 at 10:45 AM ET
from the Helsingin Sanomat,
Ruutu celebrated his 36th birthday on the ice in Myyrmäki, and later in the gym. He is training hard for the upcoming season, even though he does not know yet where he will be plying his trade.
“I have kept myself in shape. I am not worried about the situation. I could have signed a contract whenever, had I wanted to”, Ruutu said in Myyrmäki.
Even in the NHL there is interest towards the Finnish veteran.
Ruutu has received offers from the NHL, “but not very satisfactory ones”. “It is still an option”, Ruutu says referring to the NHL, “But the team is not going to be Anaheim. That is clear.”
When it comes to choosing his team, Ruutu appears measured.
“A city and place where I would feel at home, a good team with prospects of success, and a suitable compensation package”, Ruutu says and receives quiet grunts and snorts from Sami Lepistö of Chicago Blackhawks and Toni Lydman of Anaheim Ducks, also doing some pre-season training in Myyrmäki.
“It will be a comprehensive package, and these are its components”, Ruutu continues.
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