Hurricanes have to make decision on Pesce for Phase 4 roster
Brett Pesce may not be able to start skating again until late August, forcing the Carolina Hurricanes to decide whether to include the defenseman on their roster for Phase 4 of the NHL Return to Play Plan.
Pesce had surgery on his right shoulder in early March with an expected recovery time of 4-6 months. He is listed as an injured player on Carolina's roster for Phase 3, training camp, which begins Monday.
However, teams can bring no more than 31 players into Phase 4, the resumption of play, which begins Aug. 1 with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. The rosters must be submitted to the NHL by Monday, but Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said he's been told they can be adjusted before the teams travel to the hub cities -- Toronto for the Eastern Conference, Edmonton for the Western Conference -- on July 26. Rosters can't be adjusted once the teams are in their hub city.
"From what I understand, and I just got more information today from the doctors, he probably would start skating toward the end of August with contact, so we've got to make a decision here," Waddell said. "I'm not sure if it's going to make sense if he's going to be ready sometime late September. We're just going to take these next couple days to see how things go."
The Hurricanes (38-25-5, .596 points percentage) enter the qualifiers as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference and will play the No. 11 ...
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