NHL notes: Skinner out with injury
|Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner handles the puck in a game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont., Dec. 28, 2010. (CLAUS ANDERSON/Getty Images/AFP)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner is likely to miss Tuesday's game against his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs due to an undisclosed injury.
Skinner left Wednesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers after a hit by Andy Sutton and missed Friday's game in Winnipeg, leaving the 'Canes with just 19 skaters.
Carolina called up forward Drayson Bowman from Charlotte of the AHL on an emergency basis Sunday to take Skinner's spot on the roster. Bowman has eight goals and six assists in 23 games with Charlotte.
In 30 games this season, Skinner, a 19-year-old from Toronto, has 12 goals and 12 assists.
The Hurricanes also put goaltender Brian Boucher on the injured reserve list Sunday, nearly a week after he suffered a lower-body injury during a practice.
Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara will likely miss at least the next three games with a leg injury, according to the Boston Globe.
Chara was hurt during the Bruins' win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night and left during the second period. He'll probably miss games against Los Angeles, Ottawa and Philadelphia this week.
Steven Kampfer, who hasn't played since mid-November, will take Chara's spot in the roster against L.A. on Tursday.
IRWIN CALLED UP
The San Jose Sharks called up defenceman Matt Irwin from Worcester of the AHL Sunday.
Irwin leads the minor-league team in scoring with seven goals and nine assists in 21 games. Six of his goals have come on the power play.
In related news, the Sharks put defenceman Douglas Murray on injured reserve. Murray, who hasn't played since Dec. 3 due to a hand injury, has three assists in 23 games this season.
In what could be interpreted as news that Sidney Crosby will be back in the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup this week, forward Jason Williams was returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL Sunday.
Crosby sat out a pair of games late last week as a precautionary measure after he was nicked up in a loss to the Bruins Monday. He could return Tuesday at home against the Detroit Red Wings.
In eight games since coming back from a concussion, Crosby has two goals and 10 assists.
Williams played his first game with the Penguins Saturday in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders Saturday but was held pointless.
TURCO TO EUROPE
Free-agent goalie Marty Turco has reportedly signed a short-term contract with EC Salzburg in Austria.
According to a tweet by European sports writer Matias Strozyk, Turco will only play in the Red Bulls Salute, the final tournament of the 2011 European Trophy. The event is slated for Dec. 16-18 in Vienna and Salzburg.
Turco was 11-11-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .897 save percentage with the Chicago Blackhawks last season.