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Tuomo Ruutu Activated Off IR, Paul Thompson Returns to AHL

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The left winger has been activated off IR. He takes the roster spot of Paul Thompson, who will return to the Albany Devils in the AHL.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New Jersey Devils have activated LW Tuomo Ruutu off injured reserve, according to a tweet from the Devils' Twitter account. To free up a spot on the roster for him, RW Paul Thompson has been sent back down to Albany.

Ruutu has missed a large part of this season, starting back in October when he fractured his right foot blocking a shot from Brent Burns of San Jose and missed 27 games. He has 9 shots and 4 PIM in his 9 games with the Devils this season.

Paul Thompson put up 3 shots on goal and 2 PIM in three games with the Devils, his first professional games of his NHL career. Thompson played under Devils' coach John Hynes back in 2011 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL and signed a contract with New Jersey back in 2014.