Canes coach Paul Maurice said today that team captain Rod Brind'Amour was returning to Raleigh and would not play in the games in San Jose and Phoenix.
"Roddy has a nagging injury that's not getting any better, so we're sending him back," Maurice said. "We want him to get some treatment the next four or five days."
Maurice said the injury is not related to Brind'Amour's knee problems but was a "lower-body, muscular injury he's been dealing with for a while."
The Canes will call up forward Jakub Petruzalek from Albany (AHL) and place forward Scott Walker (upper body injury) on the injured reserve list.
Petruzalek, 23, is second among River Rats skaters this season in scoring with 34 points.
Defenseman Niclas Wallin, who has been slowed by an ankle injury, is with the team but still unable to play, Maurice said.