RALEIGH, NC (October 26, 2000) – Jim Rutherford, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced today the team has reassigned defensemen Mike Rucinski and Greg Kuznik to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League. The defensemen had been recalled on October 19 to replace injured defensemen Niclas Wallin and Marek Malik. Malik made his season debut for the Hurricanes on October 24 against San Jose. Wallin returned to the Hurricanes lineup on October 25 at Buffalo.
Rucinski played in two games for Carolina – against Montreal on October 21 and San Jose on October 24. He did not register a point and was even. Rucinski registered three points (0g, 3a) and four penalty minutes in Cincinnati’s first six games this season. Kuznik made his NHL debut at Montreal on October 21, but did not play in any other games. Kuznik played in three 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 now played in 26 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 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.