RALEIGH, NC (October 19, 2000) - Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has recalled defensemen Mike Rucinski and Greg Kuznik from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League. Defensemen Niclas Wallin (wrist) and Marek Malik (whiplash) have been placed on the injured reserved list. Defenseman David Tanabe is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion during Wednesday night’s 3-2 Hurricanes’ victory in Pittsburgh.
Rucinski registered three points (0g, 3a) and four penalty minutes in Cincinnati’s first six games this season. Kuznik played in six games for the Cyclones thus far this season, and has not registered a point. Both players were assigned to Cincinnati on September 25, 2000 as part of the team’s final cut during training camp.
Originally selected as the franchise’s eighth pick (217th overall) at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Rucinski has played in 24 NHL games with Carolina, totaling two points (0g, 2a) and 10 penalty minutes. Rucinski spent all of last season with Cincinnati, notching 13 points (3g, 10a) and 34 penalty minutes in 66 games.
Kuznik, a seventh round pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, has yet to play in the NHL. The Prince George, B.C. native split last season between Carolina’s ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades, and the IHL Cyclones. He totaled five points (1g, 4a) in nine games with Florida and three points (0g, 3a) in 46 games with Cincinnati.