After suffering a concussion in Carolina’s season opener, winger Ondrej Kase has resumed skating, relays team reporter Walt Ruff (Twitter link). While there remains no firm timetable for his return, the fact he has resumed on-ice activities is certainly an important step. That said, with his lengthy concussion history, expect the Hurricanes to proceed very carefully with the 27-year-old. Kase signed a one-year, $1.5MM deal in the offseason to provide Carolina with some secondary scoring, an area in which they’ve had some issues in the early going this season.
More from the East:
- Senators winger Mathieu Joseph’s lower-body injury in last night’s game will keep him out of the lineup for the next two weeks, reports Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch (Twitter link). It has been a tough first full year with the Sens for the 25-year-old; after recording 12 points in 11 games down the stretch last season following his trade from Tampa Bay, Joseph has been limited to just two goals and seven assists in 25 contests despite averaging a career high in ice time. With the holiday break coming a couple of weeks from now, it’s possible that they’ll hold Joseph out until after that pause in the schedule.
- The Islanders welcomed back winger Cal Clutterbuck to their lineup in tonight’s game against New Jersey. The veteran had missed the last three games with an upper-body injury sustained a week and a half ago against Philadelphia. Clutterbuck has just three points in 22 games but is second on the team in hits, averaging just under four per contest. New York didn’t bother placing Clutterbuck on IR when he was injured so they didn’t have to make a corresponding roster move for him to return. He was injured midway through the first period but did return for the second.
Why Kase, you’ve only got so many more shots to the head. He needs to medically retire before these injuries catch up to him, if they haven’t already.
Yes. Reading news like this about Kase always give me bad vibes. Of course, I’m miles away from the player and his medical stuff. But somehow this does not feel right.