April 2, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Joni Pitkanen (25) is injured during the 2nd period against the Washington Capitals at the PNC center. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 5-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: More Injury Woes

The Carolina Hurricanes have dealt with injuries to star players all season and on Friday, GM Jim Rutherford announced that several players on the Hurricanes roster have been playing with injuries all season. Here are the injuries that Rutherford announced and what impact it could have on the player’s future.

Tuomo Ruutu - Ruutu needed hip surgery before the start of the season and apparently he is not out of the woods yet. The Finnish forward will need surgery again, this time on the other hip socket. The injury hurt Ruutu’s play when he came back this season, but with off-season surgery, he’ll be able to rest longer and work himself into the rigor of an NHL season with training camp and preseason.

Jiri Tlusty – Rutherford announced that Tlusty played part of the season with a dislocated finger. Apparently the injury has not been too much of a factor on the left-wingers’ play. He scored a career-high in goals and after the season will head to the World Championships instead of resting. If the finger is still bothering him, he will have time in the summer to let it heal, but Tlusty should be fine next season.

Tim Gleason played part of the season with a broken foot. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Gleason – Gleason said earlier this week he did not want to play for the U.S. at the Worlds and the reason may have came out. Rutherford announced that Gleason had played part of the season with a broken foot. Rutherford did not say if Gleason would need surgery or a boot for his right foot, but he’ll definitely need the summer months to heal the injury.

Joe Corvo – Corvo missed last night’s game with an ‘upper-body injury.’ All Rutherford said on Friday was that it was a nagging injury and he believed Corvo would be in the lineup in the last game of the season. Corvo is in a rough spot. He’ll be a free agent this season and has played most of his career in Carolina, so he will most likely want to come back. Hopefully for him, the injury will not hurt his chances of staying with the Canes or finding a new home.

Jay Harrison – Harrison was hit in the face with a puck in Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers. Rutherford announced that Harrison would miss the final game, but did not say how severe the injury was. With any injury like this, concussion issues are always brought up. If Harrison does have the dreaded injury, he’ll have plenty of time to rest before next season.

Notes: Rutherford also said that Pitkanen’s rehab was going well. Pitkanen had surgery earlier this month and should be back in time for training camp.


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