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Gleason Out with Concussion, Skinner Returns

Monday, 09.30.2013 / 2:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason is out with a concussion, head coach Kirk Muller said on Monday.

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Muller said Gleason suffered a concussion in the Sept. 21 preseason game against Montreal. Gleason, 30, fought Jarred Tinordi at the 4:41 mark of the first period, and though he played the remainder of the opening frame, he did not return after the intermission.

“We’ll just go through the protocol, and when the time is right we’ll get him back into action,” Muller said.

In other injury news, the Hurricanes placed Tuomo Ruutu on injured reserve on Sunday, retroactive to Sept. 21. The forward is sidelined with a lower-body injury unrelated to his injured hip from last season, and he is eligible to be activated at any point.

Alexander Semin (upper body) and Elias Lindholm (upper body) continue to skate with assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour, and Muller isn’t ruling out their return in time for opening night.

“The next step is they get to stark working with the team and get practicing. They need to do that before they get into action with the team for games,” he said. “We’ll watch them each day and see if they progress, which they are right now.”

Initially, Lindholm was penciled into the third-line center position. In his absence, Riley Nash has jumped into that role with the same confidence he exuded last season. The upside of Lindholm? His versatility.

“He could play center on the third or fourth line. He could play the wing on either of those lines,” Muller said. “It’s just a matter of who our personnel is to support him. I’m comfortable with him either playing center or the wing.”

In the good news category on the injury front, Jeff Skinner returned to practice today with the Hurricanes.

“He looked good today,” Muller said. “He had a little light skate yesterday, and it was good to see him out with the group.”

Final rosters are due to the league by 5 p.m. today, and the Hurricanes finalized theirs by sending defenseman Ryan Murphy to Charlotte. This leaves the Canes with 22 players on their active roster, in addition to Ruutu on injured reserve and Joni Pitkanen on the team's injured non-roster list. The unsigned Radek Dvorak is a 23rd body still in Raleigh.

“Jim (Rutherford) will communicate with his agent,” Muller said of the chances of Dvorak signing with the Canes. “For me as a coach, my feedback was that I thought he performed really well.”

With the status of a number of the team’s top players still in limbo, the lineup submitted today could differ quite a bit from the one that will be iced on Friday versus Detroit.

“We’re kind of day-to-day right now,” Muller said.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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