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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

K-Ads to undergo wrist surgery

For all the people who have been making up rumors about Kevyn Adams being in Peter Laviolette's doghouse, there came some proof that his diminished ice time had nothing to do with that. Adams has been playing hurt, with a bad right wrist. Today he went to the doctor and was informed that he would need a "procedure" that will sideline him for one to two weeks.

Of all places to get this news, I read it on the Leafs site while I was investigating the rumors about a new logo for them. Here's the story from Toronto. Nothing in the N&O as of the time I'm writing this, but the Canes site has the same story.

According to other reports, he's still suffering repercussions from the injury he sustained in the first period of Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Before it was known that he needed the procedure, Adams commented about his diminished ice time (a hot button issue on Canes boards) saying that it's not entirely about injuries. From Today's N&O:
"I feel like I've been trying to battle through it and trying to figure out what's going on," Adams said. "But there's a lot of games this year where I'm only playing a couple shifts, and injuries haven't been an issue."

Adams said his health had not been a topic of conversation with his coaches before Monday.

"My ice time is not what it has been in the past, and in part, it's a coach's decision," Adams said. "If at the end of the day what I do isn't what they're looking for, then you just have to deal with that.

Coach Peter Laviolette and GM Jim Rutherford both offered votes of confidence, indicating that K-Ads is an important part of the team.

With Wallin and "Avi" Tanabe still out, dressing seven defensemen isn't an option. With Andrew Ladd still on the mend, and Rod Brind'Amour a "game time decision", it's likely that that leaves only 11 forwards. I suspect Dave Gove gets called up from Albany. Perhaps Ryan Bayda.

The Canes will be in Philly tonight where they will attempt to help the Flyers set a new mark in futility. If the Canes are able to win, it will mean the Flyers will have lost seven games in a row, which will be a franchise record.

Puck drop is at 7

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