Hurricanes Goalie Close to Return Following Blood Clot Issues

Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes’ goaltender, is expected to return to play within one to two weeks after missing most of the season due to blood-clotting issues, with his return potentially influencing the team’s decisions ahead of the trade deadline.

Frederik Andersen, the Hurricanes’ goalie, is on the cusp of a comeback. After being sidelined with blood-clotting issues, he’s eyeing a return in one to two weeks. David Pagnotta from The Fourth Period shared this update on Wednesday.

Andersen, at 34, hasn’t hit the ice in a game since a narrow 2-1 defeat against the Rangers on November 2. Just four days post that, the team’s GM, Don Waddell, had some tough news. He revealed Andersen would be benched indefinitely due to clotting problems discovered during medical checks.

It’s been a long road. Team doctors finally gave Andersen the green light for “limited on-ice conditioning” by January’s end. That marked the close of an almost three-month hiatus. Waddell also shared that Andersen’s health scare was due to deep-vein thrombosis leading to a pulmonary embolism. Without quick emergency care, that’s seriously life-threatening.

As for when Andersen would return to the game, the Hurricanes kept mum. But, Andersen’s been upping his game, conditioning-wise, these past few weeks. He even took shots from teammates during Monday’s practice, stepping in for Pyotr Kochetkov, the current go-to goalie who was off for a maintenance day.

This updated timeline hints Andersen might play before the March 8 trade deadline. This move could sway Waddell from seeking another seasoned goalie to replace Antti Raanta, who’s been underperforming (12-7-2, .872 SV percentage) as backup. Spencer Martin, though, has been a bright spot, boasting a .920 SV percentage and a 2.00 GAA in three starts.

Kochetkov, only 24, has bounced back after a rocky start. With a .905 SV percentage and two shutouts, he’s led the team in goal this year. But his playoff performance last season—less than stellar—might make Waddell think twice about relying solely on him for the postseason.

Andersen’s performance before his health issues wasn’t exactly headline-making (.894 SV percentage). Yet, considering his past achievements, including nearly snagging a Vezina nomination two years ago, he’s earned some slack. Last year, he was pivotal in the Hurricanes reaching the Eastern Conference Final, with a .927 SV percentage and 1.83 GAA across nine playoff games.

A fit Andersen could be a game-changer for the Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup dreams. Getting him back on the ice, ASAP, to gauge his game readiness is crucial. Especially before deciding whether to trade Raanta or Martin for a minor upgrade in goal.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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