RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn ACL during Thursday night’s game in Nashville. Recovery time is estimated at six months, meaning that he could likely miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.
Wisniewski was acquired by Carolina on June 27, 2015 from the Anahiem Ducks in exchange for Anton Khudobin, and skated only 47 seconds into his Hurricanes debut before suffering the injury. The 31-year-old Wisniewski is in his 11th NHL season and first with Carolina, after splitting the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Anaheim Ducks, totaling 8 goals and 26 assists(34 points) in 69 games last season between the two clubs. Originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fifth round, 156th overall of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the Canton, Michigan native has appeared in 552 career NHL games with Chicago, Anaheim, the New York Islanders, Montreal, Columbus, and Carolina, totaling 53 goals and earning 221 assists(274 points) and 4459 penalty minutes.
The Hurricanes next home game will come on Saturday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, as they take on the Detroit Red Wings(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas, Hurricanes Radio Network).