The Carolina Hurricanes announced some good news and bad news today about two defensemen that have missed some time lately.
Liles, who has missed the last two games listed as an upper-body injury, will probably sit out for a good while, and possibly not play a game again this year. With about a month left in the season.
With the former Colorado Avalanche’s absence, the opportunity is there for Ryan Murphy to step up in the offensive role. He showed some flashes on the powerplay early in the season and after having a successful stint with the Charlotte Checkers in February, he may be able to contribute more.
Expect Brett Bellemore to also pick up on the extra minutes without Liles in the lineup.
Obviously losing Liles for a portion of the season is going to hurt and above all else, let’s hope the defenseman is OK and he takes the time he needs to get back in the lineup.
The good news is that top-defenseman Faulk looks like he could reenter the lineup after missing the past four games with an upper-body injury. The Hurricanes never officially said what was ailing the player.
Taking time with Faulk will also be important. Having him in the lineup tomorrow will be a blessing, but if he’s not 100 percent, there’s no point in rushing him.