Forward Scott Walker underwent successful surgery on his left hand today for a torn ligament in his left hand and is expected to be out six weeks.
Dr. Harrison Tuttle of Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic performed the surgery.
UPDATE: General manager Jim Rutherford said the injury occurred last Sunday during Walker's altercation with Nate Guenin of the Philadelphia Flyers during an exhibition game. Guenin blindsided the Canes' Matt Cullen and Walker soon squared off against Guenin and landed several blows.
Walker, who had his left hand heavily taped last week, had 15:35 of ice time Sunday in the Canes' 2-0 victory over Nashville.
"It was sore but he tried to play with it," Rutherford said. "He knew he'd probably need an operation but he was hoping to play through the season because he knew our situation."
Rutherford said the team was looking at a number of options: a trade for a top-line forward, possibly calling up a player like Matt Murley from Albany or signing free agent Dan LaCouture to a contract.
"The market is so hard to read right now," Rutherford said of a trade. "We're not going to make a trade just to make a trade. If we feel a player could help our team now and help us get into the playoffs, we'll look at it."