So the Canes will be without their top-pairing defenseman for at least the next 10 days, which means about five games Faulk should miss during that period.
One choice for the Hurricanes to replace him is by dipping into the Charlotte Checkers’ pool of players and recalling Ryan Murphy, who has been with the team since before the Olympic break.
But keeping Murphy in the AHL is the smarter move here.
Things have been going terrible for the Hurricanes this past week and bringing up the 20-year-old and throwing him into the mix isn’t the right move.
Instead, let Murphy stay in the AHL where he’ll be given plenty of ice time and the opportunity to fight for a playoff spot. The time spent with the team will only help Murphy’s development into next season and beyond.
Murphy has also been frequenting the stat sheet with 17 points in 15 games with the Checkers this season. Last night, he scored his first goal of the season.
With the Hurricanes, he may see some time on the powerplay, but limited ice time elsewhere to protect him in his own end. With playoffs out of grasp there’s no reason to do that.
The Hurricanes should just play Mike Komisarek and Jay Harrison for the next few games (unless one or both are traded) and let Murphy develop with the Checkers, away from the tumultuous Hurricanes’ season.