Victor Rask will miss significant time this NHL season due to an injury he suffered to his hand while slicing food in his kitchen.
When Rask cut his hand several days ago, the Carolina Hurricanes already knew that they would be without one of the more skilled forwards following surgery. What they found out after surgery was that while slicing food in his kitchen, Rask cut both tendons and fingers in the accident. Chip Alexander of the News & Observer reports that Rask will be out months as the injury was far more serious than originally thought.
Brind’Amour says Rask could be out months. Serious injury involved Rask cutting tendons and fingers, he said.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) September 16, 2018
While Rask posted a down season in 2017-18, he is a former 25-goal scorer and was being looked at as a big part of the Hurricane's offensive plans this season. The team traded Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner during the offseason, partially knowing Rask would be there to pick up some of the lost point production. With Rask now out for much of the season, it will be interesting to see what Carolina chooses to do next.
One fit might be the Edmonton Oilers who are rumored to have serious interest in defenseman Justin Faulk. Faulk is a strong blue line option that the Oilers could certainly use and Carolina has a surplus of talented defensemen. Edmonton would be more than willing to move an offensive player to bolster their blueline and the Hurricanes could take on salary in any trade.
If the Hurricanes don't add some offense via trade, they may look to give opportunities to the team’s younger players, namely Lucas Wallmark or Janne Kuokkanen.
During a season that would hopefully be a bounce-back year for Carolina, losing a player like Rask is not good news. As for Rask, we can only hope for a speedy recovery as hand issues like this can be a pretty serious thing and something that risks his playing future.