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‘Canes activate d-man Faulk off injured reserve

Apr 9, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

Justin Faulk AP

The reeling Carolina Hurricanes have activated defenseman Justin Faulk off injured reserve, the club announced today.

Faulk has missed the last nine games with an MCL sprain. The 21-year-old is arguably the team’s best defenseman, leading the ‘Canes in average ice time (23:23) while playing in all situations.

Carolina has just one victory in its last 13 games. The Hurricanes take on the Penguins in Pittsburgh tonight.

“The guys have not thrown in the towel. They’re battling,” head coach Kirk Muller said. “All in all, I don’t think anyone can watch our team play right now and say the guys aren’t giving it all they’ve got.”

Carolina could also have forward Alex Semin back in the lineup tonight after he missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Defenseman Brett Bellemore has been assigned to AHL Charlotte.

  1. 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Uh, Kirk, you’ve lost 12 of 13. I, and you, and everyone should be questioning whether the team is “giving it all they’ve got.” They’re losing against literally anyone and everyone. Yes, injuries are challenging, but other teams don’t just roll over and die. Your team effort level is EXACTLY what needs to be questioned now. That, and your own abilities as a coach.

    Who do you think will be sacked faster this summer – Sacco or Muller?

    • withseidelinn - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Both should be sacked, who knows if either will happen. Both GMs seem pretty incompetent. I never understood why everyone jumped on the bandwagon so fast for Carolina this past offseason – I just never understood the huge hype over getting Staal and Semin. Yeah obviously your offense will get better, but their D sucks and they didn’t do anything to address it. You can’t expect Cam Ward to make a save every single time he’s hung out to dry – which is a lot.

      • 19to77 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Yeah. They should be aiming to acquire multiple stay-at-home, shutdown D this offseason. The scoring seems solid, but their D is just terrible. And they need an NHL-calibre backup, too, judging by this losing streak without Ward in the lineup.

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