Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 02/04/09 at 09:14 PM ET
After months of speculation, finally the truth has come out about Canes captain Rod Brind’Amour. From today’s online N&O:
Canes coach Paul Maurice said today that team captain Rod Brind’Amour was returning to Raleigh and would not play in the games in San Jose and Phoenix.
“Roddy has a nagging injury that’s not getting any better, so we’re sending him back,” Maurice said. “We want him to get some treatment the next four or five days.”
Things were getting really ugly. Rod hasn’t been himself for at least six weeks. Maybe all season. What had become patently obvious to all of us was finally admitted. The man was playing hurt.
While Brind’Amour is on the mend, the Canes have finally called up right wing Jakub Petruzalek from Albany. He’s been making noise for the last two seasons and will finally be making his NHL debut on Thursday in San Jose. He’s currently second on the Rats with 34 (12/22) points in 47 games played. The 23 year old Czech is just 5’10” and 176 pounds, making him smaller even than Chad LaRose. He’ll don the rookie/tryout number 56.
Petruzalez was drafted by the Rangers in the 2004 Entry Draft in Raleigh. He was traded to Carolina for Brad Isbister in 2006.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.