The infirmary is already overflowing in Carolina, but the Hurricanes could see the highly anticipated return of forward Andrei Svechnikov this week.
The Russian player has been away from the field since he suffered a serious ligament tear in his right knee last March. The immediate end of the 2022-2023 season prevented him from helping his team into the playoffs.
The 23-year-old player had anterior cruciate ligament surgery in July. Many expected Svechnikov to be ready in time for training camp, but he finally took part in his first contact training session in seven months on Monday.
“You don’t want to rush, especially with this type of injury [un retour]He announced it at the press conference, according to nhl.com. So I’m trying to get back to 100%. Two weeks ago there was a 20% difference between my knees. “It’s much closer to 100 percent now.”
Head coach Rod Brind’Amour confirmed that the writer, who had 55 points in 64 games last season, will not face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. Svechnikov could be available on Thursday against the Seattle Kraken or the next day against the San Jose Sharks.
“We’re at the point where he needs more training. I expect it will happen soon,” said the former Canes captain.
Brind’Amour continued: “It will take a lot of time for him to adapt to the pace of the game, but having him in our group is a big positive.”
Sebastian Aho could return to play for the Hurricanes on Tuesday, but his and goaltender Frederik Andersen’s and defenseman Brett Pesce’s situations will need to be re-evaluated before the game.
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