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Hand surgery sidelines Walker @NHLdotcom

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker is expected to be sidelined for six weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left hand.

The surgery comes four days before the Hurricanes open the regular season against Florida.

The Hurricanes already will be without forward Justin Williams for at least three more months after he tore his right Achilles' tendon.

Also on Monday, the Hurricanes signed forward Dan LaCouture to a one-year contract worth $475,000 in the NHL or $50,000 at the minor-league level. He is guaranteed at least $75,000 during the upcoming season.

The 31-year-old has played with Edmonton, Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, Boston and New Jersey.

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