The severity of Dwyer’s injury was not disclosed.
However, Dwyer will travel with the team to Minnesota and Colorado for the team’s next two games. It’s likely that he cannot be taken off of IR until a week from today’s date.
Through nine games this season, Dwyer only has one assist, but he was an influence on the second line in a shutdown role with Staal. He’s also been playing a lot of penalty kill minutes that will have to be picked up by other members of the team.
Dvorak is a good choice to replace Dwyer as he can also play in a shutdown role, but playing as many minutes as Dwyer over the next week could be tough for the 36-year-old.
With Dwyer on IR, it also means that the Canes will be able to keep the roster as is, instead of sending someone to the AHL with Tim Gleason nearing his return from injury.
In other injury news, it was also reported that Elias Lindholm could play tomorrow. The team is still not sure if Gleason will return.