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Hurricanes’ Rask out indefinitely after hand surgery

The Canes’ Victor Rask (49), who underwent hand surgery Sept. 13, 2018, will be counted on for a bounceback season in 2018-19.
The Canes’ Victor Rask (49), who underwent hand surgery Sept. 13, 2018, will be counted on for a bounceback season in 2018-19. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes’ Victor Rask will be sidelined indefinitely after the Swedish center underwent hand surgery Thursday.

The Canes said Rask cut the fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand while slicing food in the kitchen of his Raleigh residence.

The surgery was handled by Dr. Harrison Tuttle at Raleigh Orthopaedic, the team said.

Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said Thursday that he was not sure how long Rask might be out, saying, “I know it’’s obviously serious and when you have serious injuries that’s not a good thing.”

Brind’Amour said Rask had put in a significant amount of work this summer rehabbing after undergoing shoulder surgery in March. Rask was one of the early arrivals back in Raleigh for the informal skates at Raleigh Center Ice, saying he was healthy and eager to get to camp.

“I thought he looked great (before) the injury,” Brind’Amour said. “I talked to him about it. I had a very similar injury and kind of talked it through with him a little bit.

“We’ll get him when he gets back and when he does it’s almost like adding a player in a trade. That’s how I look at it, that we’ve got a good player coming at some point.”

Rask, 25, is beginning his fifth NHL season with the Canes, having scored 14 goals and added 17 assists last season.

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