The Carolina Hurricanes placed defenseman Joe Corvo on injured reserve this morning.
Corvo had his lower right leg slashed by the skate of Washington defenseman Karl Alzner in a collision along the boards in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Capitals, and, according to a news release issued by the team this morning, he is expected to miss eight-to-12 weeks.
Corvo was taken to Rex Hospital during the first period and underwent surgery to repair the injury, according to the release.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Corvo should recover.
"I was told that everything came out fine," he said this morning. "No concern for long term, but certainly it's going to take a long time to heal."
It's the latest addition to a long list of injuries for the Hurricanes this season that has included star center Eric Staal, goalie Cam Ward — who also was slashed and is still out — forward Erik Cole and defenseman Joni Pitkanen, among others.
"It's one of those really strange things," Rutherford said, reached by phone. "We did not play well in the early going [of the season]. So I don't want to make this sound like the whole situation is because of injuries, because it's not.
"We've created our own problems. In that mix, to have the type of injuries that we've had. ... This is just one of those things teams go through periodically. And unfortunately coming off the heels where everything went right for us in the second half of last season, everything's gone wrong for us in the first half of this season. We just have to deal with it."
Regarding Cam Ward, who has been out since Nov. 7 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Rutherford said Saturday's game is still the target date, but until Ward practices some, it's too early to say. There was no practice scheduled for today.
Rutherford said a defenseman will be recalled from Carolina's AHL affiliate in Albany by Friday, after consulting with Albany coach Jeff Daniels. That player likely will play in Saturday's game at the RBC Center against the Vancouver Canucks.
Rutherford said he's been pursing trades for the last month, looking for young players he'd hope would have a long future in Carolina.
"They're hard to make," he said. "In the last month, I've been on the phone more than I've ever been in any year I've done this job. ... I will continue to try."
Rutherford said he hasn't decided whether to place any players on waivers.
In a separate move, Carolina reassigned forward Patrick Dwyer to the AHL's Albany River Rats. The 26-year-old appeared in six games this season and had averaged 10:53 of ice time in those games.