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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81