Contrary to what he hoped for this summer, defenseman Jake Gardiner will not be able to start the 2022-2023 season at the same time as his Carolina Hurricanes teammates.
Earlier this week, the daily “Raleigh News & Observer” reported that the fullback will not be at home training camp and that his name could be on the long-term injured list.
Gardiner was not on the guest list of the “Canes” camp published on Tuesday. Last June, general manager Don Waddell said he expected the 32-year-old skater to be fully healthy for the start of hostilities this season. The player had made similar statements in July.
“I worked so hard. I did so many exercises and treatments to be able to come back, “said the back in particular to the National League website.
Last year, the left-handed defender missed the entire season after going under the knife to treat hip and back injuries. In 2022-2023, he must play the last year of a four-year contract which pays him $4.05 million annually.
The former Toronto Maple Leafs has an experience of 645 games in the Bettman circuit. He scored 49 goals and provided 228 assists for 277 points.
Many weeks of inactivity for Timothy Liljegren
The Toronto Maple Leafs Timothy Liljegren will not be able to start the next season at the same time as his teammates.
On Wednesday, general manager Kyle Dubas indicated that his skater will be absent for a period of six weeks, because he underwent an operation to treat a hernia.
His name could also be put on the injured list soon.
Selected in the initial round (17th overall ) of the 2017 draft, Liljegren played his first full season in the National League last year. He has five goals and 18 assists for 23 points in 61 games.
The 23-year-old Swede recently signed a two-year contract that will earn him $1.4 million annually.