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Jordan Martinook to miss six to eight weeks with core muscle injury

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It’s a wholly unwelcome bit of deja vu for the Canes alternate captain.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes’ recall of Julien Gauthier yesterday seemed to come out of nowhere, and unfortunately we now know the issue that prompted the team to make the call.

The Hurricanes announced Thursday that alternate captain Jordan Martinook will miss six to eight weeks with a core muscle injury. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Martinook, who will undergo surgery Friday, suffered the same injury during last year’s playoffs, missing at least one game in each series and rarely practicing to make the pain as tolerable as possible. He underwent surgery to repair that injury soon after the Hurricanes’ season finished, and seemed to be fully healed to begin this season. There was no immediate word on whether the injury was related to the previous one or if it is a totally separate issue.

Martinook’s absence all but guarantees that Gauthier, who was the last player cut from training camp, will make his NHL debut tomorrow night as the Canes host the New York Islanders. The team release on Martinook’s injury is below.

MARTINOOK TO UNDERGO SURGERY ON FRIDAY

Forward will have procedure to repair a core muscle injury

Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook will undergo surgery on Friday to repair a core muscle injury. His recovery time is estimated to be six to eight weeks.

Martinook, 27, has posted one assist in four NHL games this season. The 6’1”, 204-pound forward set a career high with 15 goals in 2018-19 and added 10 assists while playing in all 82 regular-season games for the Hurricanes. Martinook also registered four assists in 10 playoff games as Carolina advanced to the 2019 Eastern Conference Final. The Brandon, Man., native has recorded 91 points (41g, 50a) in 333 career NHL games with Arizona and Carolina. Martinook was acquired by the Hurricanes from the Coyotes along with a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Luke Henman) in exchange for Marcus Kruger and a third-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Ty Emberson) on May 3, 2018.