Canes place Ward on IR, activate Gleason
Posted October 25, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes placed goaltender Cam Ward on injured reserve Friday, less than 24 hours after he suffered a lower-body injury in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
On Friday, the Hurricanes also announced that they have activated defenseman Tim Gleason from IRa and placed Brett Bellemore (lower body) on IR in a correlating move.
Team officials said Thursday that Ward is expected to miss three to four weeks. He was injured 4:07 into the first period. Gleason has yet to appear in a game this year for the Hurricanes after suffering a concussion in a preseason game against Montreal on Sept. 21.
Backup goaltender Justin Peters closed out Thursday's loss to the Wild, and the team on Friday that they recalled Mike Murphy from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis.
Murphy, 24, is 1-2-0 with a 3.81 goals-against average in 2013-14 for Charlotte. He has made two appearances with the Hurricanes, not allowing any goals in 36 minutes.
For Gleason, his next start will be his 600th in the NHL having spent eight of his 10 professional seasons in Carolina. The 30-year-old form Clawson, Mich., ranks fourth in franchise history in games played by a defenseman.
The Hurricanes return to the ice Friday evening when they visit the Colorado Avalanche (9 p.m., Fox Sports South).