Tuomo Ruutu may be able to return in April at the earliest following hip surgery.
"We're not sure how long he will be out," Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said. "Certainly through the regular season, if we play it. Maybe longer." Rutherford said he didn't know how the injury occurred and that it just flared up on the Hurricanes physical forward. The team will miss his presence in the lineup should a new CBA be worked out soon and you should avoid picking him up in your drafts.