Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 01/07/10 at 12:26 AM ET
The Hurricanes have been dealing with a lot of injuries this season, and while they are far from the top of the list in terms of man-games lost, the injuries to key players are really starting to mount. More than any season except maybe 2002-03, they’ve had to rely on players from the American League to fill the roster. For a few weeks, they’ve been playing with no less than five players from the AHL, and with the Staal situation, they’ll start tomorrow’s game with six skaters who started this season in the American Hockey League.
And don’t forget that Manny Legace didn’t even have a pro contract when this season started.
Like Hudsucker Industries, “The Future is Now” for the Carolina Hurricanes. They’re getting a very good look at the kids who will be the future of this team.
While it isn’t official, and no call-up has been made, this depth chart from the team’s official page suggests that Jerome Samson (pronounced Sam-SAWN) will indeed be the latest Rat call.
To this point, the Hurricanes have lost 152 man-games to injury. Erik Cole and Chad LaRose have both been out for a while with lower body injuries. They’re both getting close to returning, but won’t be available this week. Defenseman Joe Corvo is out with a freakish injury from a cut leg. He won’t be back for at least a month. Scott Walker just underwent surgery and will be out for about six weeks. Sergei Samsonov is out with an “upper body injury” with no timetable on a return. Staal, who has already missed ten games with injury will now miss the next two for personal reasons.
Jerome Samson, who has been tearing it up with the Rats, seems to be the guy who will get the call. This means that a full third of the roster for tomorrow will have started the season in the American League.
Brandon Sutter, Zach Boychuk, Patrick Dwyer and Jerome Samson all started the season in Albany. Jiří Tlustý started the season with the Toronto Marlies and was acquired in trade last month. On the blueline, the Canes have used three different Rats this season and the only one still with the team is Brett Carson.
Manny Legace started the season on a PTO contract with the Thrashers’ American League affiliate.
At some point, the injured regulars will get healthy and these Rats will have to go back, but they’ve worked hard and they’ve proven that they can play in the NHL.
The Rats hosted the Adirondack Phantoms tonight in the seventh of twelve games this season. The Phantoms won in overtime, and the Rats lead the season series five games to two.
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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.