Canes forward Justin Williams, who tore an Achilles tendon in September, could return to the lineup this week, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.
Williams was injured in a workout a few days before preseason training camp began. His rehabilitation from the surgery was expected to take four to six months, but he began skating with the team well ahead of schedule and was medically cleared for contact work last week.
"There is a chance he could play this week," Rutherford said. "We have a couple of practices coming up. We'll see how he does in those practices and then determine when he can play."
The Canes' next game is Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the RBC Center.