The Carolina Hurricanes announced today that Alex Semin had what most were fearing, a concussion that will keep him out of the lineup.
Kirk Muller announced the news today at practice, including that Semin is out indefinitely.
This is the worst news the Hurricanes could learn. Concussions are the worst injury in all of sports and the team desperately needed Semin’s scoring.
Semin missed the last two games of the season last year, due to a concussion also. However, he did play in the World Championships in May.
Right now, there’s not a whole lot to go on. Indefinitely means a good amount of time, but not a definitive amount of time. It’s possible Semin misses the next two weeks or the next two months. The Canes will likely update his status as the week continues.
But it is obvious the Hurricanes are serious about treating the concussion the right way. Semin was evaluated more than once and hopefully he’s not rushed back to the ice.
It’s likely that the Canes place Semin on injured reserve and call up a forward if none of the other injured players are ready. Muller also said at practice that he’s not sure if Jeff Skinner will play this week, but other possibilities include Radek Dvorak and Kevin Westgarth.