One day, the Hurricanes may be back to full strength. One day.
The Canes keep adding and subtracting. While Matt Cullen, Joni Pitkanen and Brandon Sutter are close to returning and could play soon, forward Patrick Eaves now is out indefinitely.
"We could have some guys rolling back," Canes coach Peter Laviolette said today.
UPDATE: The Canes have reassigned Michael Ryan back to the Albany River Rats (AHL). Ryan was called up last week and played in two games.
Eaves and the Canes' Wade Brookbank collided along the boards last Thursday in the 3-2 loss at Washington. Eaves has missed the last two games and was not at the RBC Center today.
"He's a ways away," Laviolette said. "He's still got some problems relative to the hit. He hasn't made it in here to be tested to possibly get cleared, so that tells me he's still a ways away."
The nature of Eaves' injury has not been disclosed.
Sutter and Pitkanen both were injured in the New York Islanders game Oct. 25 -- Sutter suffering a concussion and Pitkanen a knee injury. Both have returned to practice, and defenseman Frantisek Kaberle (foot fracture) also has been able to skate.
Sutter said today that he also suffered a partial tear in a lung on the big collision with the Islanders' Doug Weight.