Canes forward Erik Cole will be out four to six weeks after breaking a bone in his left leg, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.
Cole was bringing the puck down the left boards and was injured with less than three minutes to play in the Hurricanes' 7-2 loss Saturday at Boston in a collision with the Bruins' Dennis Wideman. Cole's leg hit Wideman's right leg as Wideman attempted a hip check.
Cole was traded by the Canes to the Edmonton Oliers after the 2007-08 season but returned to Carolina in March in a three-team trade. An unrestricted free agent after the season, he signed a two-year, $5.8-million contract with the Canes in July.
Tim Conboy will go into the lineup for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay. In Sunday practice, Conboy was working with Stephane Yelle and Tom Kostopoulos. Scott Walker was on Rod Brind'Amour's line with Jussi Jokinen.