Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu probably will miss "a couple of weeks" with an upper-body injury, coach Paul Maurice said today.
Ruutu was injured during a first-period fight with Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche in Friday's game at the RBC Center. He was taken to the locker room immediately after the fight and did not return.
Maurice said he was not sure if Eric Staal would be able to return for Sunday's game against Ottawa at the RBC Center. Staal has been in Thunder Bay, Ont., attending funeral services for his sister-in-law.
If Staal is not able to play, Maurice said the Canes would like to bring up another forward from Albany (AHL). One possibility could be Tim Conboy.
Forward Sergei Samsonov was in a yellow, noncontact jersey during today's practice at the RecZone and left practice early. Erik Cole also was back on the ice, also wearing a yellow jersey, and may be able to get back in the lineup next week.