With a huge game against the division-leading Winnipeg Jets on the horizon later tonight, the Carolina Hurricanes made some noteworthy moves Tuesday morning coming off their four-day break.
The team announced that forward Chad LaRose, who has missed the last ten games after suffering a concussion, has been activated from the injured reserve list. LaRose is expected to play tonight and spent the morning skate on the wing with Jordan Staal and Jeff Skinner.
The team press release regarding LaRose's activation is below.
At the morning skate, many noted that Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace were not present for the morning's festivities, and the News and Observer's Chip Alexander tweeted that there could be a "surprising" scratch for tonight's game to make room for LaRose. Sure enough, following the skate, Chip tweeted that the Canes planned to put both players on waivers at noon, and at that time all the usual places (Darren Dreger, James Mirtle, Tim Wharnsby, Elliotte Friedman, Mike Maniscalco, et al.) confirmed the news.
Jokinen has one year remaining on a contract paying him $3 million annually. Wallace, who cleared waivers once before earlier this season, is on a two-way deal for this season only. The Checkers' Paul Branecky tweeted that, should both players clear, Wallace will likely be sent to Charlotte but Jokinen will probably not leave the Hurricanes.
We will find out at noon tomorrow whether either player - or both of them - have cleared waivers.
‘CANES ACTIVATE CHAD LaROSE FROM INJURED RESERVE
Forward has missed Carolina’s last 10 games with a concussion
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has activated forward Chad LaRose from injured reserve.
LaRose, 30, has missed Carolina’s last 10 games with a concussion. The Fraser, MI, native scored two goals and earned one assist (3 points) in 19 games with the Hurricanes prior to the injury. LaRose (5’10", 181 lbs.) is in his eighth NHL season with the Hurricanes, and has scored 85 goals and earned 94 assists (179 points) in 492 career regular-season NHL games.