March 16, 2013; Tampa FL, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason (6) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Injury Report: Tim Gleason Out, Alex Semin Close To Returning

The Carolina Hurricanes hit the ice on Tuesday for practice, but they did it without Tim Gleason, Alex Semin, and Anton Khudobin. When it was said Tim Gleason was not at practice, there was some speculation across the twitter world that there may be a trade in the works.

That is not what’s happening. Tim Gleason has a lower body injury, and he is expected to miss a week. He will not travel with the team to New Jersey. Kirk Muller said he was uncertain what the specific injury was as of right now.

This is unfortunate for Tim Gleason, he hasn’t been able to crack the lineup very often since his return from injury, and this certainly doesn’t help one bit. I think it is a valid concern to wonder how he is going to hold up physically. There is cause for concern on that front. The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t won any of the seven games that Tim Gleason has played in this year. He is also coming off a poor season last year.

Hopefully the Tim Gleason situation turns out to be like the Tuomo Ruutu situation. Ruutu has started to play excellent hockey lately after he finally got healthy. Hopefully Gleason follows the same path, but even then, it would be hard to get him back in the line up. Brett Bellemore has appeared to take his spot in the lineup, as of now. Kirk Muller has sent high praise Bellemore’s way as well.

On a more positive note, Jim Rutherford, Carolina Hurricanes General Manager, reports that Alex Semin is feeling better, and he could be back at practice as soon as early next week. Semin suffered a concussion following a big hit by Alex Pietrangelo on Nov. 16 in St. Louis. It will be good to get Alex Semin back and healthy, especially since Eric Staal has really started to play well.

Not much Anton Khudobin news has been released, but the Carolina Hurricanes certainly want him back as soon as possible. He is still suffering from a lower-body injury that he got in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 13. At first, it seemed to be a couple of weeks for recovery, that has now turned into about six weeks. It seems like every week or two, they say he is about a week away. He has still yet to return.

Some good and some bad from the Carolina Hurricanes on the injury front. They are getting healthier, but it’s taking a while to get everyone back in the lineup.


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