I think some people need to calm down and have a little bit of perspective.
The years and the salary are not the end of the world. Even without knowing how much salary Carolina is picking up, this is not going to be a cap team, and with some maneuvering, you can probably still afford a big ticket free agent like Statsny even if that would have been in the cards in the first place, which is a huge assumption to make.
And he's not an immovable object. At the trade deadline next year, he has one more year when the cap the following year maybe be as high as $75 million, and you could further dice up his salary if need be. He might even be of use to a cap floor team.
Before you blow your lid on Lou referencing 2009, I suggest you read the entirety of what he said. He said that Ruutu is a top 9 forward, i.e. third line forward. He mentioned his 26 goal season in the context of saying that he believes there's some kind of offensive upside, especially in light of the fact that he had a good Olympics (which Lou also mentioned) and that he's not young, but he isn't ancient either. In other words, the Devils wanted another big nasty guy to play on the third line, but we might be pleasantly surprised with his offense. So this isn't like Lou making a trade for Dany Heatley last season and saying he's excited because he was formerly a 50 goal scorer.
We'll know this offseason whether Lou is really living in the past, if he hasn't completely lost his marbles. If he gives Marty an extension, even at the league minimum, it'll be a really bad sign. Same if he does nothing to alleviate the defensive logjam, if he extends Bernier, Gionta or Carter for longer than one year, if he does something really stupid with the young defensemen, or if he decides to play hard ball with Schneider. At this point though, I think it's unfair to assume that he'll do any of that, and the smart money says that he actually won't.
Is Lou a relative or your neighbor?