Thursday, September 24, 2009

Borer begins healing; Pitkanen still out

Casey Borer
(Photo by jbk-ltd)

Chip Alexander, who covers the Carolina Hurricanes for the Raleigh News & Observer, has a few updates on his twitter page regarding Casey Borer. Hat tip to Jennifer, aka sandpiper214, for first noticing.

Canes' General Manager Jim Rutherford tells Alexander that Borer's neck surgery, which took place on Monday, went well and the prognosis is good.

Borer is expected to wear a neck brace for the next six weeks. If everything is sound when the brace comes off, he should be able to start skating again sometime in November. Keep your fingers crossed.

In other news, defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss Carolina's two final exhibition games. Pitkanen, who is still recovering from knee surgery, was expected to start practicing Tuesday, but his rehab went slower than anticipated. He is now set to hit the ice next week. If Pitkanen is unable to play in Carolina's home opener next Friday, D-man Jay Harrison will likely be included in the line-up.