The start of training camps is upon us, but already some key players on different National Hockey League rosters are said to be out long-term with serious injuries.
On Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that forward Victor Rask would be out indefinitely after he sliced open his hand while he was prepping a meal in his kitchen. Rask had surgery Thursday on his right fourth and fifth fingers after suffering an injury cutting food in his kitchen.
The 25-year-old centre is out indefinitely after the procedure.
This is surely a blow for Carolina and Rask, he who missed the final nine games of the regular season last year with a shoulder injury. Rask is entering his fifth season with the Hurricanes and finished with 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games in Carolina last season.
A new captain
There was some good news for the Canes today as they named veteran forward Justin Williams captain of the franchise.
The 36-year-old becomes the 16th player to serve as captain for the franchise and the eighth since the team's arrival in North Carolina.Williams scored 16 goals and added 35 assists (51 points) in 82 games with the Hurricanes in 2017-18, ranking third on the team in points and assists. Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk will serve as alternate captains.
More serious injuries...
As for serious injuries, it was also revealed, this time by the Ottawa Senators insiders that forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau was since in pain with what appeared to be an ankle injury at the opening of training camp in the Nation's capital.
While most of the focus was on the trade of captain Erik Karlsson, it was noticed that Pageau was helped by teammates in the dressing room.
According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports and David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, star forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau injured his right ankle today at off-ice testing and physicals and might be out four to six months.
Per TSN 1200, the injury looked more than something minor, as he had to be helped out by his teammates. He will likely require to surgery to repair his Achilles tendon. What a blow!
The Sens GM did say he would have more information on Pageau’s training camp injury tomorrow, but as for now it seems like another major blow to the Ottawa fan base.