A few weeks ago, Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu laughed when asked about the trade speculation revolving around him.

"I've heard rumors I'm going to every team in the NHL," he joked.

Turns out, Ruutu isn't going anywhere. On Wednesday, Ruutu and the Hurricanes agreed on a four-year contract extension worth $19 million.

"It was an easy decision to make," Ruutu said Wednesday. "I trusted my heart, trusted my feelings.

"I like the people around me here: my teammates, my coaches, all the staff, everyone. And I believe in the team. I believe we can win here."