Big Names Injured

Cole out minimum six weeks with fractured vertebra

Carolina left wing Erik Cole will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a compression fracture in a vertebra in his neck caused when he was driven headfirst into the boards by Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik during a 7-5 Hurricanes victory Saturday night.
Cole, tied for second on the team in scoring, will be out at least 6-to-8 weeks — a major loss for what currently is the team with the NHL’s best record. The Hurricanes have not ruled out Cole returning for the playoffs, which begin in mid-April.

Lindros’ season finished

In the same room where eight months ago he had posed so proudly with his new Maple Leafs sweater, Eric Lindros fought back tears for what could be his last game in Toronto.
“I tore it again,” he said of the right wrist ligament that kept him out of the lineup almost three months until this week.

Most Hated Player in the NHL

Off Wing Opinion is running a poll for most hated player in the NHL. Right now Jarkko Ruutu is running away with it. Funny, a couple of weeks ago I had no idea who he was.

Gagne Expected to Return Tonight

Left winger Simon Gagne skated for the third day in a row yesterday and said he hoped to return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Wachovia Center.

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