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For the six previous seasons running, Carolina has had a lot of difficulty with injuries. They dealt with well over 200 man-games lost for all of those seasons and were over 300 for at least the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. There were catastrophic injuries to key players. There were season-ending surgeries. There were freak injuries. There were illnesses. There were so many different ways in which so many different players missed significant time. They had to rely heavily on the Albany River Rats to restock the team when they all went down with injury at the same time.
This season, miraculously, there have been very few injuries, and there was never more than one key player out at the same time. In years past, when the Canes would miss the playoffs, it was easy to lean on the excuse “well, they had a ridiculous amount of man-games lost” or “our team was almost entirely made up of AHL players” or just “we were decimated with injury”. This season, they can’t use that, and they’ll have to invent something else.
In years past, I used a picture of a pig for each player to mark the corresponding spot on the pig where the player was injured, and I tallied the man-games lost by each player that way. I’m dispensing with that this season, and I’ll just go with a short list of who was injured and for how long.
The Carolina Hurricanes dug themselves in a very deep hole with a14-game losing streak early in the season and horrendous play throughout the first half. Since January 1, they’ve been playing very good hockey and had actually put themselves in a position to discuss playoff possibilities. Their main enemy over the last few weeks hasn’t been the Boston Bruins (who are currently in eighth place) or any of their division rivals; it’s been the calendar. One more month of games, and they’d be sitting pretty. Unfortunately, they’ve gone on a mini-skid, losing two games in a row. And while Boston has been winning their own games to make it worse, the Canes have started to suffer injuries again.
Tim Gleason has a busted foot and will miss all but maybe the last game of the season. Cam Ward is on the recovery trail from a back injury. The latest victim is Tuomo Ruutu, who has been playing through shoulder pain. The team announced today that Ruutu will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.
Drayson Bowman has been recalled from Albany to fill the roster void.
On Monday night, the banged-up Hurricanes lost 4-2 to the banged-up Oilers. The Hurricanes, though, played the game with only 17 skaters. The injury to Sharpie left the team with only 11 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen. I’m not sure why, but the team didn’t recall a Rat to fill the roster on Monday.
For Wednesday’s game, the team has dipped into the Albany reserve. Zach Boychuk? No. Jerome Samson? No. Drayson Bowman? No. How ‘bout Chris Terry? Nope. They went with Steven Goertzen. Who?
Tonight’s matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes is not only two of the worst teams in the league, and not only a rematch of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. It’s a game between two of the most banged-up teams in the league. The Oilers have lost 306 man-games to injury (which is most in the league) while the Hurricanes have lost 217 man-games (third in the league).
Carolina has started to get some of their regulars back Before they can talk about Joe Corvo, Erik Cole, Tuomo Ruutu or Scott Walker coming back, they’ve unfortunately had to add a player (back) to the injured list. Chad “Sharpie” LaRose suffered an “upper body injury” in the Hawks game and is not on the four-game road trip.
The team has not announced any call-ups from Albany, and they have not been using any healthy scratches, so I have no idea what the game plan is for tonight.
Tuomo Ruutu injured his right hand in a fight with Colorado’s Darcy Tucker on Friday night, and the first “official” news is that he’ll be out of the lineup for a couple of weeks. So far, there are no further details about the extent of his “upper body” (right hand) injury. This means that Carolina is now simultaneously missing six of its top nine forwards and one of its top four defenseman.
Some of the previously injured players are starting to skate in no-contact drills, but none is ready to return. Eric Staal is attending a funeral today, and it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be back for Sunday afternoon’s game. They will need to call up yet another River Rat. There will be almost as many Rats in the room as Canes. At this point, the fans should be wearing Rats gear in the stands of the RBC Center.
My guess is that Drayson Bowman will be the newest callup. We’ll probably find out sometime today.
This season has been a house of horrors for the Canes. Not only have they been losing a lot of games, but they’ve been losing a lot of players too. For Friday night’s game against the Avalanche, six skaters were from the American League. For Sunday’s game against the Senators, we’ll need to make that seven.
Back in late October, the Canes traveled to Denver where they lost a rollercoaster game to the Avs. In that game, Tuomo Ruutu was given a boarding major, game misconduct and a two game suspension for running Darcy Tucker from behind. Ruutu was taken to task for this, and he won the battle but lost the war.
Carolina won the game 2-1, just barely finding a way to deny Cam Ward his first shutout of the season. There were some really good things in this game. Losing Tuomo Ruutu to injury is not one of them. The Hurricanes will now have to make another call down to Albany, where the cupboard is beginning to run bare.
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.
Although the Hurricanes are far from the most injured team in the NHL (Carolina has 57 man-games lost compared to 109 for the Canucks), they are starting to run into some cap issues. Carolina started the season a little over their own budget, but with plenty of room under the cap. That’s no longer the case.
To ease the strain, Carolina has placed Cam Ward on the Long Term Injured Reserve and has recalled Justin Peters from Albany. This allows a portion of Ward’s salary to be withheld from the cap hit. Presumably, this has been done retroactive to November 8.
On Tuesday, the Hurricanes earned one standings point and lost another goaltender. Carolina had a one goal lead late in the third period, but Manny Legace gave up a bad goal to Sergei Kostitsyn which sent the game into overtime. In the overtime period, Carolina had a man advantage for the final two minutes of play, but failed to cash in on the four-on-three advantage.
The shootout went six rounds, with Maxim Lapierre getting the goal and Carey Price making an improbable skate save on Matt Cullen.
Carolina has earned points in three straight games, and Brandon Sutter scored again. These are good things. But the rather bad news is that Michael Leighton suffered an apparent groin injury in the second period.
On Monday morning, the Hurricanes announced what everyone knew was coming. They have signed 36-year old veteran goaltender Manny Legace to a one-year two-way contract. He will be paid the league minimum of $500k at the NHL level and $105k at the AHL level. The one-time Stanley Cup winner was last seen in Atlanta’s system on a tryout contract with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. This, of course, came on the heels of Cam Ward suffering a deep laceration on his left thigh on Saturday. Ward has been ruled out for at least four weeks. The signing was pretty much an emergency situation, and given the price tag, I don’t think they could have done any better.
While some people are making light of the fact that Legace was drafted by (but never played for) the Whale, there’s a far more alarming thing about Legace that should concern all of us. There’s a really bizarre trend with his health. Specifically, he’s never been able to stay healthy in December
On Saturday night, the Hurricanes lost more than just the game. For the third time in the last four games, they scored the “all-important” first goal. For the second time in as many nights, they led after one and looked great after two. For the twelfth time in a row, though, they ended up with a loss. Not only are the losses piling up, but so are the injuries. And tonight, the Canes suffered an injury loss that they can’t afford: Cam Ward.
Early in the first period, Ward was cut by the skate of Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, who was skating through the goal crease. Although it was well inside the crease, the contact was incidental, and nobody will blame Nash for causing the injury. Ward had to be rushed to the hospital, where he was stitched up and where he will be held overnight.
In March of 2007, Ward suffered a similar injury in a game against the Rangers. The fear was that he was going to miss the remainder of the season and that he wouldn’t be able to play for Canada in the IIHF World Championships. He only missed three games and played very well in the IIHF tournament. Hopefully this fall, he’ll be able to make a similar speedy return to the lineup.
The Hurricanes announced today what we all knew without needing the confirmation: Erik Cole suffered a broken bone in his left leg after a nasty collision with the Bruins’ Dennis Wideman on Saturday night. Wideman’s check was clean, but it unfortunately resulted in yet another injury for Cole.
Tuomo Ruutu will slide up to the first line right wing, then some other shuffling will leave a vacancy on one of the fourth line wings. Tim Conboy, who can play on either wing and also on defense, will be the short-term solution. The former Albany River Rats captain is known more for pugilism than for his offensive acumen, but will have an excellent opportunity to prove that he has earned his one-way contract. If you’re in a fantasy league that rewards PIMs, go ahead and snatch up Conboy. He’ll be good for at least 4 penalty minutes per game.
I don’t mind seeing Conboy in the lineup on a game-by-game basis, but I’m a little frightened by the prospect of seeing him as a regular. I’m much more into the idea of bringing up Zach Boychuk or Drayson Bowman from the Rats.
With each cryptic update of the injury situations with Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole, it seems more and more evident that neither will suit up for tonight’s game two at Mellon Arena. Ruutu’s
umm… “lower body” sounds like it’s worse than it looked and Cole’s
umm… “lower body” sounds like it might not be as bad as it looked.
The updates are cryptic, confusing and contradictory. One hour, they’re saying that Ruutu is definitely out and Cole is a gametime decision. The next, they say that Cole is doubtful and Ruutu is out. The next, they say both players are hopeful. No details have been released about the MRI results for either player. I’m going to assume that neither player will go tonight.
There are a load of different lineup options which have been outlined by Luke Decock. Here’s what I think:
The headline of the article in the N&O says that Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu are “questionable” for Thursday’s game two with Pittsburgh. The text of the article suggests that it’s worse than that. Canes GM Jim Rutherford and head trainer Pete Friesen both said that it “doesn’t look good for either player”.
Both players suffered knee injuries in game one resulting from questionable hits by the Pens. Mark Eaton was not penalized for his play on Ruutu (which some people are wrongly calling a slew foot). Nor was Matt Cooke for his knee on Cole. Neither player will be facing supplemental discipline.
The officials and the league got it wrong with Ovechkin v Gonchar, and they have gotten it wrong with Cooke v Cole. I’m not calling Cooke a dirty player, but the play was very dangerous and it resulted in an injury. If they don’t tighten up their officiating and disciplinary standards, things could get really ugly. Frontier justice is not a pretty thing.
For the third time in a row, and the fifth of the last seven, Carolina has lost game one of a playoff series. In every other series, Carolina has come back to win the series. More important than losing the game is that they may have also lost Tuomo Ruutu and Erik Cole to knee injuries.
Miro Satan, who wasn’t even in the lineup when the playoffs began, got things started for the Pens at 9:17. He stepped out of the penalty box, where he had been sitting for being found guilty of holding, accepted a pass from Matt Cooke, and was off to the races. He came in alone and ended up lifting a backhander past Cam Ward. Hal Gill picked up the secondary assist. Those kinds of goals are always a little more painful, and it was certainly a tone-setter.
According to reports out of New Jersey, Devils’ captain Jamie Langenbrunner and defenseman Bryce Salvador are both “doubtful” for Thursday’s game five against Carolina. Langenbrunner suffered a “lower body” injury during game two and Salvador injured his knee in game four.
When asked about the availability of the players, coach Brent Sutter was vague, but offered a hint that Salvador is a no-go. From Fire&Ice
“I thought our five defensemen played extremely well,” Sutter said. ‘I thought the five of them handled it very well. And Greenie will come in and we won’t miss a beat.”
wherein “Greenie” = Andy Greene.
Salvador’s injury occurred near the end of the second period on Tuesday while the Canes were still up 3-0. A very unpopular Devil, Nic Havelid, had a hand in the play.
I’ve been running Red and Black Hockey since the lockout, and one of the most well-received things I’ve done has been my annual injury hogs. It’s a little late this season, but they’re here. This is the third year of the hogs, and by far the least extensive. To date, Carolina has lost 200 man-games to injury, compared to over 300 in each of the previous two seasons. 17 different players have missed games due to injury or illness, but only four have missed significant time. With each passing season, the specifics get more and more vague. What used to be a “fracture of the fourth left metatarsal” became “broken foot”, which has become “lower body”. Please note that Jussi Jokinen missed four games due to the death of his father and that the NHL strangely counts those in the “man-games lost to injury”.
We’ll start with Justin “Viva” Williams, who was traded to Los Angeles at the trade deadline, and Scott Walker, who has missed more than half of the season already. Then we’ll work through the lineup alphabetically. These should be self-explanatory.
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.”
On Monday, the Hurricanes got a bit of bad news and a bit of good news.
Cam Ward, who left Sunday’s game against the Ducks after the first period has been ruled out for at least a few games. He has, apparently, suffered a groin injury. Justin Peters has been called up from Albany to back up Michael Leighton.
The good news is that Justin Viva Williams may play this week, perhaps as early as Thursday against the Penguins. Williams suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon over the summer and was scheduled to be out for 4-6 months. He recovered way ahead of schedule and has been practicing with full contact for about a week.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes returned home after a long trip to face a team just starting a long road trip and deep into a losing streak. Unfortunately for the Canes, Edmonton was able to put an end to their losing ways and the visitors came out with a 3-1 win. In the process, Canes forward Matt Cullen joined the injury list. Today is Cully’s 32nd birthday, but he’ll have to spend it in the pressbox with five other injured Canes.
On Saturday, the Hurricanes needed some big-time heroics from goaltender Cam Ward to hang on to a 4-3 victory. Although he was on the bench for the two previous games, he wasn’t the least bit rusty. He made 57 saves, including a stop on a penalty shot with less than one second to play in regulation. He was easily the game’s first star by anyone’s account. Except, of course, the Islanders radio network, which picks the “official” three stars. Somehow, they left Ward off the card entirely. Although the game ended well, it wasn’t all pie and cake for Carolina.
The Hurricanes got off to a good start, pushing off to a 2-0 lead early in the first. The last time the Hurricanes led a game 2-0 was March 28 of last season in a 7-1 win over the Thrashers. Throughout the second and third periods, the Canes committed one penalty after another, putting themselves perpetually on the PK. The good news is that the defense responded well to that, killing seven of eight penalties. But there was bad news They gave up a shorthanded goal, and they lost two players to injury.
On Friday, the Hurricanes began their annual late October two week road trip in Los Angeles. After giving up the game’s first goal, then taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Carolina ended up losing in overtime 4-3. Carolina also lost defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to injury.
At 6:37 of the second frame, Kaberle hobbled off the bench and to the Canes locker room. He didn’t return to action, and the initial report was that he had suffered a fracture in his foot after blocking a shot. He is expected to miss two to four weeks. It’s very early in the season, but already Carolina has nine man-games lost to injury. Tonight’s injury scratches will raise that number to 13.
Eric Staal was also injured in that game, enough to keep him out of practice on Saturday. However, he is expected to extend his consecutive games streak to 259 tonight against the Ducks.
On Friday, the Hurricanes will play the first of six straight road games, and they’ll have to do it with yet another forward on the shelf.
When Carolina visits Los Angeles tonight at 10:30, they’ll most likely be doing it without Tuomo Ruutu. He missed most of the pre-season with a groin issue, and it’s persisted enough for his status to be deemed “doubtful”.
Ruutu makes three top nine wingers on the injured list. There will be a lot of line juggling, and Chad “Sharpie” LaRose was practicing with the top line on Thursday, so he might get a chance to do that in game action. Patrick Eaves, who started the season on the top line, has found his way into Peter Laviolette’s doghouse, but there’s no telling how the lines will be made tonight.
Still, this is an opportunity for another young player.
Today, I expected to hear some news about final cuts made to the Hurricanes roster. Instead, I came home to learn that forward Scott Walker will be out of the lineup for the next six weeks. Walker, who has become more of a hothead with every passing month, injured his left hand in a fight during last Sunday’s preseason game in Philly. He had surgery today and will miss the first quarter of the season.
Things were starting to look a little better on the injury front, but this will throw a wrench in the opening night plans.
No cuts have been made, and the roster stands at 28, but free agent tryout Dan LaCouture was signed to a two-way one-year contract today. The 31-year old has played in a total of 326 NHL games with five different teams, and has been out of the NHL since 2006-07. According to all reports, he came into camp in terrific shape and has impressed the coaches all along.
At this point, anyone’s guess is just as good as mine, but here’s my updated projections for the opening night lines:
All summer long, there has been a wild and crazy soap opera with the Hurricanes and injured defenseman David Tanabe. First, the Canes tried to buy out his contract. Tanabe, and the NHLPA objected on the grounds of injury. The buyout was invalidated and for now, Tanabe must be listed as a roster player. As a “roster player”, Tanabe is expected to show up for camp. At the vey least, so he can be evaluated by team doctors. According to Chip Alexander, Tanabe was a no-show for the physicals yesterday and for the official opening of camp today.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes got some horrible news. Justin Williams has torn his right Achilles tendon and will miss four to six months. According to the News and Observer, Williams suffered the injury in an off-ice workout and should miss the majority of the season.