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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72