Rod Brind'Amour says he will not make a big issue of it, noting simply, "It is what it is."
The Canes' captain did not like being benched last week, being made a healthy extra against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a first for him, certainly with Carolina, and it stung.
But it's not as if Brind'Amour has been waiting a week to blast Canes coach Paul Maurice for the decision or turn it into a divisive issue in the locker room. In fact, he said Monday, the less said about it the better.
"It's a tough situation, that's about all I can say," Brind'Amour said after practice at the RecZone. "I don't want to be a distraction. It is what it is.
"Obviously it's not something I'm accustomed to or whatever. But it's a decision that they make, so ... I guess the main thing was to support my teammates and just keep working hard, and if you get another chance to get back in there and you do you best, and that's really the way I approached it."
Brind'Amour played the last three road games. In the Canes' 4-2 loss Saturday at Ottawa, he was credited with a team-high six hits.
Did the benching add extra motivation?
"No," Brind'Amour said. "I prepare every (game). That's not going to do much for that.
"I prepare every game like I'm going to play 20 minutes. If I get three or four or whatever it is, I just have to make the most of them. You always stay ready and that's kind of the way I approach it."