Tuomo Ruutu is sticking around in Carolina.

Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford announced on Wednesday in a statement the team agreed to terms on a four-year extension with the gritty forward that will run until 2015-16.

Ruutu will earn $4 million US in 2012-13 and $5 million in the following three years.

"Players like Tuomo are extremely difficult to replace, and it is very important for our franchise to keep him here long term," said Rutherford. "Along with the physical elements and skill level that he brings on the ice, Tuomo is a popular leader in our locker room. We are very happy that he has committed to what we are building here, and is excited about what the future holds for the Hurricanes."

He was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

The Finland native is second on the team with 17 goals and fourth in points (30) this season in 57 games. The 29-year-old is a two-time 20-goal scorer and began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks after being selected by the team ninth overall in 2001.

In 517 career games he has 128 goals and 167 assists with 498 penalty minutes.