Radek Dvorak won’t need surgery and Dmitry Kulikov
will remain with the Panthers.
Dvorak, who suffered a knee injury Saturday night in Philadelphia, will miss at least two weeks while he rehabilitates the knee. Coach Peter DeBoer said Dvorak suffered a "little bit of a tear."
“It’s a pretty common injury for hockey players…it heals on its own,” DeBoer added.
The Panthers also announced Tuesday that Kulikov will remain with the Panthers instead of being sent back to Drummondville of the QMJHL, the team he played for last season. Kulikov has played in nine games and the Panthers had to make a decision before game number 10 whether to send him back or keep him. Kulikov is tied for the team lead with three assists.
"He's here, he's excited, and now he doesn't have worry about whether he's staying or not. He can get a sense of permanency and continue on," said general manager Randy Sexton.
Sexton liked a lot what he saw in Kulikov's game, which made the decision easier.
"In no particular order, his ability to handle more than six or seven minutes of ice time. His ability and confidence on the power play, the way he sees the ice and moves the puck, his decisions to move the puck and his ability to makes plays under pressure. He's learned from his mistakes and not repeated his mistakes"
The Panthers watched video Tuesday morning at their incredible
ICE practice facility before skating for approximately 75 minutes. The forward lines:
Steve Reinprecht, Cory Stillman, Nathan Horton
Steven Weiss, Michael Frolik, Rostislav Olesz
Dominic Moore, Gregory Campbell, Michal Repik
Kamil Kreps, Kenndal McArdle, Ville Koistinen
As they prepare for the 10th game of the season Wednesday against the Senators at BankAtlantic Center, DeBoer was asked what’s concerned and pleased this so far.
“The concern is the record, the fact we haven’t scored, although I temper that concern with the fact we’ve created, I think, a lot of quality chances but we haven’t finished,” he said. “The thing that pleases me is these guys care. It’s not like they’re coming to the rink not concerned. They want to get better. They want to look at tape, want to look at video, and see what’s wrong and fix it. That’s a good sign from the coaching staff moving forward.”