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Walker out, LaCouture in

Monday, 10.6.2008 / 3:21 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
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Walker out, LaCouture in
Just when it seems like all the various injuries were healing up and everyone except Justin Williams would be ready to go at or near opening night this Friday, the team lost Scott Walker for the next six weeks after he underwent surgery on his left hand.

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Walker first injured the hand in a fight with Philadelphia's Nate Guenin a week from yesterday, but played through the soreness for yesterday's game until surgery became necessary.  Guenin wears a visor on his helmet, which may have been the reason Walker got injured during that bout as opposed to others he's had in the past.

It's a tough way to get hurt, as Walker's fight definitely served a purpose that day.  Guenin had put a big hit on Matt Cullen moments earlier, which forced Cullen out of the game and temporarily raised concerns based on his concussion problems last season (he's since proved to be feeling fine).  It was good for Walker to come to his teammates defense, but it ended up being costly.

"That’s who he is.  He’s one of those guys that won’t accept that," said Laviolette after the game in which Walker injured his hand.  "While you’re happy to see him do that and stick up for his teammate, you kind of hope he keeps his gloves on for the rest of training camp unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

Canes GM Jim Rutherford said last week that he was happy enough with the Hurricanes' forwards after training camp to avoid making another player movement, but included the all-important condition of "as long as no one else gets injured."  Once things changed this morning, he acted swiftly to bring in free agent tryout Dan LaCouture, who played in all six exhibition games as well as the Red/White game.

LaCouture's new contract is a two-way deal, meaning he may or may not stick with the Canes to start the season or beyond that, but it's another option for the Hurricanes to look at in the coming days and weeks.  It's also due reward for someone who worked very hard this preseason with no guarantees it would pay off.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 71 22 28 -12 50
J. Faulk 76 15 32 -19 47
E. Lindholm 75 16 21 -20 37
J. Skinner 71 18 13 -22 31
V. Rask 74 11 20 -13 31
N. Gerbe 72 9 17 -13 26
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. McClement 76 7 13 -5 20
J. Staal 40 4 16 -6 20
J. Liles 51 2 17 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 22 5 .909 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 6 .904 2.60