Even though Ruutu was with the Pittsburgh Penguins for 2 seasons, he's not a well-known guy (he is well known, however, for being one of the NHL's top pests!). I believe he was, as a Penguins player, very underrated -- he was a smart player and never got the credit he deserved; I believe this was because of his "bad boy" image that had him on every ref's radar. In April 2008, he was voted as the NHL's 3rd dirtiest player tying with Chris Simon in the SI Players NHL Poll (which I believe is unsubstantiated - I'd really never consider Ruutu "dirty" -- on the ice anyway [grins]).
He was born on August 23rd and I'd never usually find this interesting or normally include it in a post, but it's my dad's birthday so I thought it was something neat when I found out about it!!
Here's a few of his fights where he gets the best of his opponent:
January 3, 2008 fight against Darcy Tucker (Toronto Maple Leafs)
February 10, 2008 fight against Steve Downie (Philadelphia Flyers) for which one of the greatest signs was made and posted at the arena thereafter (see the photo below from my own personal gallery ; ) )
But the BEST part of Ruutu, by far, is his mouth and sheer talent for getting under players skin by using his brain (really sexy!); CLICK HERE for the THE MOST AWESOME DISPLAY OF THIS as Ruutu mouths off to Garth Murray of the Montreal Canadiens on the bench and Pierre Maguire picks it up on his mic during a VS broadcast (make sure to listen to all of it; you won't be sorry - it's HILARIOUS -- they actually have to turn Pierre's mic off at a few points)!!!!