Brind'Amour out for 3 months, possibly the rest of the season

RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes leading scorer Rod Brind’Amour will need surgery and could miss three months after tearing a tendon in his right hand.

Brind’Amour, who has 14 goals and 23 assists, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. He was hurt on a first-period faceoff of Monday night’s 4-3 loss to St. Louis, although he wound up scoring in the third period.

“I didn’t know exactly what was going on, but I felt it kind of pop,” he said. “It just kind of gave out.”

Things weren’t going too well as it is for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who have lost seven straight games and dropped to 13th in the playoff race.

“This is just the way bad years go. You get bad breaks,” general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Brind’Amour, a 15-year veteran, is one of the best face-off men in the NHL and a top penalty-killer. He leads the team with 20 points on the power play.

Surgery is needed because “there is potential damage to two fingers if he doesn’t get this done,” coach Paul Maurice said. “There really is no option. If there was one, he would play and get it fixed at the end of the year. This guy has played with broken bones in his feet. He’s played with just about everything you can play with.”

Maurice said Josef Vasicek would likely fill Brind’Amour’s place on the team’s second line, and Kevyn Adams would move up to the third line.

Some of Brind’Amour’s penalty-killing time could be filled by 39-year-old captain Ron Francis.

“It’s a blow, there is no question about that,” Maurice said. “We can’t replace him with an individual.

Brind’Amour will also be missed off the ice. The alternate captain is considered one of the hardest workers in the league.

“We can’t hang our heads and sit here and sulk because he’s gone,” defenseman Glen Wesley said.

16 Responses to Brind'Amour out for 3 months, possibly the rest of the season

  1. mikster says:

    Pressure, pressure…..hit the panic button!!!

    Irbe, a 3rd, and Battaglia will be traded. Bad guess, to Boston for McLaren and Rolston.

  2. Flyers_01 says:

    I think they just need to write this year off. Trade Irbe and get ready for next year.

  3. peanut_butter_shelf says:

    Based on what assumption? That the B’s need a goalie?

    Could happen but I don’t see the Rutherford jumping for a defensemen. They are deep in that department with strong prospects there as well. Maybe for some well needed offense but I doubt they make that move for McLaren.

  4. MantaRay says:

    I agree. Write these guys off and look for a lot of trades.

  5. mikster says:

    Yeah but Rolston would be perfect in Carolina.

  6. titans says:

    Well so so much for the Canes’ season!

  7. TaajAr says:

    Carolina will finish the east last in points. YES, Atlanta will finish with more points then them.

    Carolina should just have a fire sale now and build a team around Cole. Anyone wanna take a guess to how much Ron Francis could bring in from a team like Colorado or any team wanting to make that last push to the cup?? I’d bet they could get a nice player or two.

    McClaren stalwarting their defense.

    Erik Cole, Brind’ Amour, and a player like Marchant or C. Brown could be a pretty impressive defensive offensive team. If Kevin Weekes could turn it around and Carolina gets a good draft then this could be a 1 year thing.

  8. mikster says:

    They should have traded Irbe a while ago. You don’t want to make a trade when you’re too desperate, teams undervalue your players then on purpose. Look at O’Connel and the Bruins. Before he probably had better offers than now. Now, his team is kinda desperate, and other teams take advantage of that.

    Same with the Canes now. Trade Irbe to the Bruins, give up Kapanen or Battaglia along with Ward or Wallin and in return get Rolston and McLaren or a 1st.

    Then, trade Tenabe for a 2nd draft pick. This year’s draft is really deep, and 4 picks in 2 rounds will make your prospect depth chart a lot better.

  9. bjtew says:

    I could see this trade.Yeah, the Canes seem to have alot of Defensive Depth but in reality Tanabe (soft) hasnt played to his potential, Malec got sent back down to minors, Glen Wesley is a free agent next year, is expensive (2.5 mil/per) and is getting on in years, Hill takes stupid penalities going for the hit and Ward is slow. That leaves only two young, steady defensemen; Hedican (concussion probs?)and Walllin. The D has always been a pride of the Canes and after the Malik trade to Vancouver they have been getting lit up.

    On the PP the need is more pressing. Most recently Kapanen, as bad as he has been, has been playing point. I could see them grabbing McLaren and then losing a defensemen either through free agency or trade later in the year.

  10. peanut_butter_shelf says:

    Rolston would fit in for sure and the more I think of it McLaren would be a decent return for Irbe. However, Rutherford should definitely hold out for the deadline as othere teams will most likely be more willing to dish out some quality prospects for a keeper as the playoffs approach. Carolina has to be careful in that area though. I know that they traded away Pellitier to I believe Phoenix and I am unsure of the caliber of the cat they got in return. Letting go of Irbe without getting a goalie in return means relying on Weekes for the future of the club or turning to free agency to land someone during the offseason.

  11. peanut_butter_shelf says:

    I like your thought process but I believe, and I could be completely wrong, that Francis has a no trade clause in his contract. I believe that was what the delay was all about when he was in contract negotiations this summer. The Canes wanted to give him a 1 year deal in case they had a season like they are having and Francis held out for the 2-year deal as he knew he would be dumped to rebuild. Let me know if you know anything about this. I know that he had wanted to retire to NC and this was his motivation in requesting the 2 year deal.

  12. bjtew says:

    they got DesRouchers

    gaa 2.50 save % 0.922

    Not great but played better than Pellitier

    Pellitier’s numbers

    JEAN-MARC PELLETIER gaa 3.55 save % 0.898

    I agree that it will be hard to rely on Weekes but wont Irbe leave in the offseason anyway? Might as well get a return while you can.

  13. acebailey says:

    Boston Gets: Irbe, and a 3rd or 4th line d-man+ draft pick

    Carolina Gets: Thomas, McLarren, LaPointe

    Carolina then trades Mclarren to Atlanta, who really wants him, for as good of a forward as they can get (Stefan?… probably not but it would be nice).

  14. acebailey says:

    If there is only one player in the NHL with a No Trade Clause it is Ron Francis. The only move he is gonna make is into Paul Maurices job.

  15. TaajAr says:

    He’s got 1 year if that left in him. Fricking trade him like Borque was.

  16. acebailey says:

    Bourque asked for that trade, he waived his no trade clause. Francis will never do that, he will play for a year or 2 more, maybe take a year off, and then move into a coaching position with the Canes. Maurice says Francis is the real coach anyway

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