Carolina management removed Wesley from the Injured Reserve list Friday morning. Wesley suffered a broken jaw and a concussion when he collided with an open penalty box door at Chicago March 4. He has missed the Hurricanes’ last 11 games.
Wesley practiced twice this week following a handful of light skates with Hurricanes head athletic trainer Pete Friesen. Friesen noted that Wesley’s ability to keep his weight up even with his jaw wired shut accelerated his return to the ice.
“Good nutrition, especially in the form of shakes has been the key,” said Friesen. “Most people lose a good amount of body weight with such medical interventions, but with good nutritional habits he has been able to minimize weight loss.”
Since teams can carry larger lineups following the trading deadline the Hurricanes do not have to reassign a player to their IHL affiliate Cincinnati Cyclones to make room for Wesley.
Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said that he and the coaching staff will limit Wesley’s ice time and that the team will dress seven defensemen tonight. According to Maurice, Wesley will play mostly during even-strength and power play situations.
Wesley has not missed 11 games since 1996-97 when he missed 14 due to a broken foot and the flu.
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