When the Carolina Hurricanes traded for Andrej Sekera over the summer, it was hailed as a slick under-the-radar coup for general manager Jim Rutherford. Minute-munching, shutdown blueliners don’t come cheaply, so the price of Jamie McBain and the 35th overall selection at the 2013 draft didn’t seem like a steep price.
The ‘Canes have found out just how valuable Sekera is on their blue line over their last two contests. The seven-year veteran has missed both games, and Carolina was outscored 8-4 in that stretch. Sekera has been averaging more than 25 minutes a night, and has been missed dearly.
He was back out on the ice at practice for Carolina this morning though, as reported by Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News and Observer. Alexander spoke to head coach Kirk Mueller about how Sekera was doing after practice:
He felt pretty good. It was a nice surprise that he felt better than we thought today.
The defenseman skated with his usual defense partner in Justin Faulk, and Alexander also reported that Sekera could be ready to return when the Hurricanes take on the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. It obviously boils down to how the 27-year-old is feeling, but the site of him at practice is a positive sign for a team that can use all the help it can get right now.