A critical blow has been dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes, as their captain and best faceoff man, Rod Brind'Amour (Marcus) suffered a torn ACL injury in Thursday night's game against the Penguins.
The veteran centre was sandwiched between Georges Laraque (non-pool) and Brooks Orpik (non-pool) in an open-ice hit, which triggered the injury. The injury will require surgery and Brind'Amour will be lost for the remainder of the season and playoffs, if the Hurricanes can somehow manage to reach them. The injury is quoted as to need up to 6 months of rehab, which should have him ready for training camp in September, if he so chooses to return. He'll be 38 years old in August and depending on how well the knee comes through the operation, it wouldn't be too surprising to see retirement in his future.
Brind'Amour was having himself a fairly productive season coming into the game last night. He had 51 points (19G, 32A) in 59 games for the Hurricanes and had a very impressive 58.6% winning percentage in the face-off circle.
In the Draft, Brind'Amour becomes the third long-term injury for Marcus in the past few weeks, which will hinder his chances from keeping himself from the bottom of the pool.
On the Sheet, he was not a very popular player in Box 15. He wasn't taken at all, as teams opted for a Senator instead.