The Carolina Hurricanes finally caught a break in the health department on Friday, as forward Jeff Skinner was activated off IR and should be available for Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg.
To clear room for Skinner, the ‘Canes sent forwards Brody Sutter and Patrick Brown to AHL Charlotte.
Skinner missed Carolina’s first four games of the season with a concussion suffered during the exhibition campaign, when he was hit by ‘Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen on Oct. 5. It marked the third concussion Skinner, 22, has suffered during his brief NHL career; the former Calder Trophy winner missed 16 games during the 2011-12 campaign and additional time during the lockout-shortened ’13 season with concussion and post-concussion syndrome.
Andrej Sekera will miss Thursday night’s game against New York with an upper-body injury suffered earlier this week, but that likely won’t keep teams from inquiring about his services.
Per Sportsnet, a “large number” of clubs are interested in the 28-year-old defenseman, who’s coming off a career-high 11 goals and 44 points last season.
“While Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has been more prominently mentioned in trade rumors, teams around the league believe Sekera is the more likely player to be moved,” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston explained. “He’s a pending unrestricted free agent coming off a 44-point season, and would be a good fit in a number of cities across the league.”
Sekera isn’t the only prominent Hurricane that’ll miss tonight’s game. Eric Staal, Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner are also out, along with checking forward Patrick Dwyer, who was placed on injured reserve yesterday.
Down the services of Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer and (possibly) Jeff Skinner, the Carolina Hurricanes called on some enforcements Wednesday, bringing up Brody Sutter from AHL Charlotte.
Sutter, 23, was Carolina’s seventh-round pick at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and, as the last name suggests, is one of 738 (approx.) Sutters to have played professional hockey. Brody is the son of Duane Sutter and played with his cousin, Brett Sutter (Darryl’s son) for the Checkers over the last two seasons; Brandon Sutter (Brent’s son) also played for the ‘Canes from 2009-12.
Brody has yet to make his NHL debut but did put up some decent numbers in the American League, scoring eight goals and 28 points in 69 games for Charlotte last season.
As for the injured ‘Canes listed above, it sounds as though Skinner will return to the lineup soon but things aren’t as good for Dwyer, who was placed on IR today.