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James Wisniewski | Defenseman | #21

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 5 (156) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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James Wisniewski (knee) should be fully cleared in the near future.
Of course the season is over for Carolina, but if Wisniewski is healthy soon that will allow him to prepare for the 2016-17 campaign without complication. Wisniewski only played in one game this season. Apr 12 - 12:03 PM

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James Wisniewski (knee) might be back at practice with the Hurricanes before the end of the season.

Coach Bill Peters said the team wants to be cautious with the defenseman, so he won't be rushed back before he is ready. Wisniewski suffered a torn ACL in the first game of the season and he hasn't played since.
Mar 21 - 12:22 PM

James Wisniewski (torn ACL) has resumed skating.

This shows that Wisniewski is making progress, but he's still not expected to return until April. In other words, it's entirely possible that he won't play again in 2015-16. The silver lining is that if he's fine by April then this shouldn't impact his ability to get ready for the 2016-17 campaign.
Feb 18 - 2:08 PM

That hasn't been any word on the status of James Wisniewski, who injured his knee in the first game of the regular season.

He suffered a torn ACL after playing just 47 seconds with Carolina. Wisniewski was given a six-month timetable, so he might be available just before the regular season ends.
Jan 27 - 3:28 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have placed James Wisniewski (knee) on the injured reserve list.

Wisniewski tore his ACL four minutes into the start of the NHL season and his first campaign in Carolina. The offensive defenseman will have surgery to repair the tear on his left knee Tuesday and is expected to be out of action for about six months. It is more than okay to drop him in redraft leagues.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 07:11:00 AM

James Wisniewski will have surgery on his left knee due to a torn ACL.

Wisniewski suffered the injury early in Carolina's season opener on Thursday. He's expected to miss the next six months, which means that he might not play again this season. This is a big blow to the Hurricanes as Wisniewski had the potential to play a significant role with the team after recording 34 points last season. Carolina dealt Anton Khudobin to Anaheim during the offseason to acquire Wisniewski.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 03:59:00 PM

James Wisniewski's lower-body injury is related to his leg.

Wisniewski was hurt early in Thursday's game against Nashville. Hurricanes coach Bill Peters wasn't sure about the severity of his injury immediately following the contest.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 06:20:00 AM

James Wisniewski left Thursday's game against Nashville because of a lower-body injury.

The Hurricanes have already announced that he won't be returning to tonight's game. We'll have more details as soon as they're made available.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 08:31:00 PM

James Wisniewski is already familiar with some key personnel within the Carolina Hurricanes' organization.

Wisniewski previously played for head coach Bill Peters back when they were both with the AHL Rockford IceHogs in 2008-09. He also has known Hurricanes director of hockey operations Mike Vellucci for a long time. "He was my first coach in junior hockey and he coached me for three years in Plymouth," Wisniewski said. "We've stayed in touch, played golf together. He knows me as a player but also as a person. Coming to Carolina should be a good fit for for me." The Hurricanes acquired Wisniewski from Anaheim in exchange for Anton Khudobin.
Wed, Jul 1, 2015 08:26:00 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes sent Anton Khudobin to the Anaheim Ducks for James Wisniewski.

Carolina already acquired a backup who could actually end up being a starter in Eddie Lack, now they added a once-coveted defenseman in Wisniewski, who had a rough go of things upon being traded to Anaheim in 2014-15.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 10:36:00 AM

Anaheim Ducks GM Bryan Murray lamented James Wisniewski's lack of ice time during the playoffs.

Wisniewski saw just 13 games with the Ducks after being acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus, and not a single game during Anaheim's 16-game postseason journey. "The professionalism he showed was outstanding," Murray said. "I wish he’d gotten an opportunity because I know he would have played well." Wisniewski found himself without a job after Simon Despres, acquired at the trade deadline from Pittsburgh, surprised the staff. "I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t realize Simon [Depres] would jump in a play like this. He just took a job. He was excellent." Despres put up seven points in 16 playoff games after six points in 16 post-trade deadline games with Anaheim. Wisniewski, for what it's worth, will ding the cap at $5.5M the next two seasons but only cost $8M in actual salary.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 08:53:00 PM

James Wisniewski headlines Anaheim's scratches for Saturday night's Game 7 tilt with Chicago.

The veteran blue liner Wisniewski will be joined by fellow defender Korbinian Holzer, and goaltender Jason LaBarbera. All of whom will be seated with forwards Chris Wagner, Emerson Etem and Tim Jackman.
Sat, May 30, 2015 05:37:00 PM

James Wisniewski and Chris Wagner will be held out of the lineup as healthy scratches for Game 5 Monday night versus the Blackhawks.

Both players were a possibility to dress Monday but the Ducks will elect to keep the same defense and insert Tomas Fleischmann into the lineup instead of Wagner and Emerson Etem. Wisniewski was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Ducks earlier in the season but has had a hard time fitting in as he played just 13 games with Anaheim during the regular season and has yet to dress in the 2015 playoffs. Wagner is just a 23-year-old rookie and hasn’t dressed since April 18th in the Ducks opening round playoff series versus the Winnipeg Jets. He has played a total of 11 NHL games (including two in the postseason) in his career and has yet to pick up a point.
Mon, May 25, 2015 09:18:00 PM

Defenseman James Wisniewski has yet to play in the 2015 playoffs.

The Ducks acquired the offensive defenseman at the trade deadline and the thought at the time was that Wisniewski would be a third pairing defenseman. But the Ducks defensive corps of Hampus Lindholm, Francois Beauchemin, Cam Fowler, Simon Despres, Sami Vatanen and Clayton Stoner has been stellar in the post-season and Wisniewski waits patiently to get into the lineup as he may need an injury to someone on the top-six for that to happen.
Sat, May 23, 2015 06:01:00 AM

The Anaheim Ducks will not have any line changes as they head into Game Five on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.

Defensemen James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer will be joined by forwards Jiri Sekac and Emerson Etem in the press box, along with goalie Jason LaBarbera. However, if Wisniewski ever gets into the lineup, considering picking him up. The veteran defender scored eight goals and 34 points this season, including five points in 13 games with Anaheim.
Sun, May 10, 2015 07:46:00 PM

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