The Carolina Hurricanes may have won their game against the Minnesota Wild Thursday, but that victory was overshadowed by an injury to LW Max Pacioretty.
Pacioretty just made his season debut on Jan. 5 after recovering from an Achilles tear. Weeks after his six-month process to get back on the ice he tore his Achilles again. The 34-year-old went down with a non-contact injury with only 20 seconds remaining in the final period. Immediately grabbed his lower right and had to be helped to the locker room. The right Achilles is the same one that he had surgery on last summer. The Hurricanes placed him on the Injured Reserve Friday.
The Hurricanes acquired Max Pacioretty on July 13. Last season, the wing player had 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 39 games. The veteran is a six-time 30-goal scorer.
“It put a damper on the win a little bit after seeing how much work he’s put into this point,” Carolina defenseman Brady Skjei said after the game Thursday. “Just thinking about him right now and just really tough to see.”
Before the MRI on Friday, the team was hoping for good news. Though they weren’t optimistic that they would get it.
“We know what kind of player he is,” Hurricanes coach Brind’Amour said. “We got a glimpse of it and that was exciting. It’s the kind of player that we needed, a guy who could put the puck in the net. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as we think, but I’m not too optimistic right now.”
The team did not get the news that they wanted, and as of now there is no timetable for a return.
More to come.
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