Here's some good news for the Canes: Zach Boychuk is able to practice.
The Canes' first-round draft choice had wrist surgery in mid-July, with an expected three-month recovery period. The forward was invited to training camp so that he could be around the veterans and get in some conditioning. Look, listen, pick up some things.
But the wrist has healed quicker than expected. Boychuk was medically cleared this morning and put in a full practice session at the RBC Center, skating, shooting the puck.
"I wasn't expecting to even be stick-handling until the beginning of October, so this is definitely a couple of weeks in advance, which is nice," Boychuk said after the practice. "I found out that the bone is pretty much fully healed. I won't be playing full contact for two weeks but I'll be able to go out there and stick-handle and work on my shot for once this summer."
During practice, Boychuk zipped a hard shot past goalie Michael Leighton and found the net with a couple of strong backhands against goaltender David Leggio.
"I had a pretty decent shot for not shooting for two months," he said.
Suddenly, Boychuk's approach to training camp has changed.
"I'd definitely like to play (in preseason games) right now but the doc said two weeks," he said. "I'm not sure they'll keep me around that long. I'd like to stay around and try to get into a game, but we'll see.
"You never know. If I do end up sticking around long enough to make an impression to play in a game and show them what I can do, there could be a chance that I could be sticking around for a little while. Maybe even the rest of the season.
"But chances are I'll probably go back to Lethbridge and play for the World Juniors this year, which is also a great option."