The Carolina Hurricanes will be without veteran leader Jordan Martinook for the next while, as the forward is scheduled for surgery on Friday. The procedure will repair a core muscle injury and comes with an estimated recovery timeline of six to eight weeks.
This is not the first time Martinook has been out with a core muscle injury. At the end of the Eastern Conference Finals in May, the then-26 year old Martinook had a similar surgery that was expected to keep him out four to six weeks. He obviously recovered in time for the season and played in Carolina’s first four games, recording a single point. His new injury explains why the team recalled Julien Gauthier yesterday.
Martinook isn’t a key offensive piece for the Hurricanes, recording just 15 goals and 25 points last season, but is a big part of the leadership group. Notably, he took young forward Andrei Svechnikov under his wing and helped him navigate the NHL after stepping into it at such a young age, and was named an alternate captain last month. His absence will be noticed, though the team does look strong enough this season to handle injuries like this.