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    Hurricanes' James Wisniewski: Out six months after tearing ACL on Thursday

    Wisniewski is expected to be sidelined six months after undergoing surgery on his left knee Friday to repair the torn ACL he suffered in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Predators, NHL.com's Michael Smith reports.Wisniewski suffered the injury after just 47 seconds of ice time in Thursday's tilt. Injuries have been a consistent issue for the 31-year-old throughout much of his NHL career. He was forced to miss 26 games due to injury last season alone, and is now slated to miss the entirety of the 2015-16 regular season with his latest injury. The Hurricanes will need to make the playoffs for Wisniewski to have any shot at suiting up for an NHL contest this season.

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    Carolina Hurricanes' James Wisniewski Done with lower-body injury

    Wisniewski left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury and will not return.Wisniewski suffered the injury on just his second shift of the night, playing just 47 seconds before going down. He had to be helped off the ice, which is never a good sign, but the team should provide a follow-up on his status at some point in the near future.

  • Rejoins lineup following groin injury

    News: James Wisniewski (groin) played in the Hurricanes' final preseason game Friday, skating 17:30 and registering a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over the Penguins.
    Analysis: Earlier in the week, the 31-year-old James Wisniewski was forced to miss Wednesday's game against Washington due to the injury, along with Monday's practice. However, after rejoining the ranks for Friday's friendly against the Pens, he looks good to go for Thursday's season-opener against the Predators. Keep in mind, however, that the injury-prone Wisniewski has never played a full 82-game schedule in his 10-year career, so don't be surprised if he winds up back in the training room at some point. He's a solid fantasy play when healthy, but given his track record, he should be considered a high-risk fantasy option. Draft with caution.
  • Misses practice with groin injury

    News: James Wisniewski missed Monday's practice with a groin injury, The News & Observer reports.
    Analysis: So far, there has been no mention of the severity of the injury, so hopefully it's something relatively minor that clears up before the start of the regular season. If healthy, James Wisniewski projects as a top-four defenseman for the Canes this season - someone who can log heavy minutes and help quarterback the power play alongside Justin Faulk. Keep an eye on his status prior to the Canes' season opener Oct. 8 against the Predators.
  • Wisniewski Traded To Hurricanes

    News: The Hurricanes traded James Wisniewski to Anaheim in exchange for Anton Khudobin on Saturday, TSN's Jason Gregor reports.
    Analysis: The move was largely a salary dump for the Ducks, as shortly after trading James Wisniewski, they acquired Carl Hagelin from the Rangers, a player that will command a high salary when he becomes a restricted free agent on July 1. One of the bigger names acquired at the trade deadline last March, Wisniewski never made much of an impact for the Ducks, registering five points in 13 games before serving as a healthy scratch for all of the playoffs. Still, Wisniewski is just one season removed from a 51-point campaign, and should give the Hurricanes an infusion of some sorely needed offensive upside in their blue-line ranks.
  • Ducks' Wisniewski Out Saturday

    News: James Wisniewski will not take the ice Saturday against Winnipeg, the Orange County Register reports.
    Analysis: James Wisniewski was a healthy scratch in game one and will remain out for the second game of the Ducks' series against the Jets. Clayton Stoner and Sami Vatanen are expected to comprise Anaheim's third defensive pairing.
  • Ducks Make Wisniewski A Healthy Scratch

    News: Wisniewksi will be a healthy scratch for Game 1 of the Ducks' first-round playoff series Thursday against the Jets, the Los Angeles Times reports.
    Analysis: James Wisniewski was surprised by coach Bruce Boudreau's choice to sit him, but due to the Ducks' plentiful depth on defense, lineup decisions don't exactly come easy. Still, Wisniewski was thought to be on solid ground for a regular lineup spot given the haul the Ducks gave up at the trade deadline to acquire him (Rene Bourque, William Karlsson, and a 2015 second-round pick), but his mostly unimpressive production post-trade likely factored into the decision to scratch him. Wisniewski, who tallied no goals and five assists in 13 games after his March 2 acquisition, will give way to Clayton Stoner on the Ducks' third defensive pairing.
  • Ducks' Wisniewski: Points In Three Straight

    News: James Wisniewski notched an assist in Sunday's win over the Devils, giving him three straight games with a helper.
    Analysis: James Wisniewski had a healthy scratch sprinkled into the streak, but he's nonetheless beginning to make an impact offensively for the Ducks. However, he remains without a goal in his 10 games with the team.
  • Ducks To Make Wisniewski A Scratch

    News: James Wisniewski will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
    Analysis: After making Cam Fowler a surprise scratch in the Ducks' last game against the Blue Jackets, coach Bruce Boudreau will bump James Wisniewski from the lineup to make room for Fowler's return Thursday. As one of the more high-profile acquisitions at the March 2 trade deadline, it's a bit surprising that Wisniewski will be forced to head to the press box, but the Ducks' growing depth on the blue line likely influenced the decision. Wisniewski hasn't helped matters by performing quietly since arriving in Anaheim, as he's posted zero goals, three assists, and a minus-4 rating over eight games.
  • Ducks' Wisniewski Adds Helper Tuesday

    News: James Wisniewski tallied an assist in his first game back at Nationwide Arena since being traded to the Ducks.
    Analysis: Perhaps more important personally for the defenseman, he received a brief tribute video and standing ovation from the Columbus fans. James Wisniewski spent parts of four seasons as a member of the Blue Jackets.