The Carolina Hurricanes already knew that they would be without forward Victor Rask indefinitely following surgery on his hand after he was slicing food in his kitchen several days ago. However, Chip Alexander of the News & Observer reports that Rask will be out months as the injury was more serious than originally thought as he cut both tendons and fingers in the incident.
“It’s not going to be quick,” said head coach Rod Brind’Amour. “It’s going to be months, for sure.”
Rask was a potential candidate to take a bigger role this year after the team traded away Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner. The 25-year-old Rask was a 20-goals scorer back in the 2015-16 season, but struggled offensively last season as his minutes dropped to its lowest point ever as he averaged 15:23 of ATOI, almost two minutes less than the previous year.
The team will have to look for more of a long-term answer to replace Rask as he may miss half the season now, depending on how quickly he can get back. An serious injury to the hand is often challenging to come back from considering the injury involved tendons. The injury could give an opportunity to one of the team’s younger players, possibly Lucas Wallmark or Janne Kuokkanen.