Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on CarolinaHurricanes.com in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully, the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.
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A timely question! There is an update, in fact, and I think you’ll like it.
The picture doesn’t say it all, though. Here’s video proof of Wisniewski on skates and ice.
What does this all mean? His first day on the ice is another step of progression for Wisniewski in his journey back to full health, perhaps the most tangible evidence of recovery. But there’s still a ways to go. Wisniewski was estimated to miss six months when he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee in October. That marks his return somewhere in the neighborhood of April; whether that means he gets back with the team prior to the conclusion of game No. 82, sometime in the postseason should the Hurricanes qualify or in training camp in September remains to be seen. But his first day back on the ice is a notable step in his rehabilitation.
Until you see him back on the ice in a Hurricanes jersey, you can catch him on Hurricanes Live with Michelle McMahon on Friday and Sunday. And speaking of the television pregame show, I’ll also be joining Michelle in Ottawa on Thursday night.
Also a timely question!
Cam Ward joined Wisniewski out on PNC Arena’s ice surface prior to practice on Wednesday and remained for a bit of the limited team skate. He will travel with the team in Ottawa and is expected to be available on Thursday.
“We’ll make sure he clears and nothing flares up,” head coach Bill Peters said after Wednesday’s sakte. “He should be good to go, and we should be able to make a decision between him and Eddie.”
Ward suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of Saturday’s game against New York. Peters said on Tuesday that the Hurricanes wanted to be smart with his injury.
It basically boils down to logistics and what’s best for the players and organization. Daniel Altshuller was recalled on an emergency basis to back up Eddie Lack against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday with Ward unavailable. Ward skated Wednesday and is traveling with the team to Ottawa.
The Everblades, meanwhile, are in Norfolk preparing to take on the Admirals tonight (and also Friday and Saturday). The Checkers play in Grand Rapids on Friday. So, Altshuller could see game action tonight and either rejoin the Checkers in Grand Rapids afterward or continue to play this weekend in Norfolk. Playing time is important at this stage in his career, so wherever he’ll see the net, that’s where he’ll play.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
If you have a question you’d like answered or you’d like any other various player updates (related: Justin Faulk has been ruled out for this weekend with a lower-body injury, Peters said), you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.