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James Wisniewski | Defenseman

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/21/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 203
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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. Oct 11 - 7:11 AM

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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.
Oct 9 - 3:59 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.
Oct 9 - 6:20 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.
Oct 8 - 8:31 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.
Jul 1 - 8:26 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.
Jun 27 - 10:36 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.
Jun 2 - 8:53 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.

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.
May 25 - 9:18 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.
May 23 - 6:01 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.

James Wisniewski and Korbinian Holzer are expected to be healthy scratches in Sunday's game against Calgary.

Joining them in the press box will be black aces Ryan Faragher, Mark Fistric, Max Friberg, Josh Manson, Jaycob Megna, Stefan Noesen, Andrew O'Brien, Michael Sgarbossa, Shea Theodore and regulars Chris Wagner, Jiri Sekac and Tomas Fleischmann.
May 3 - 9:40 PM

James Wisniewski is slated to be a healthy scratch again when Round 2 begins.

He didn't play in Anaheim's sweep of Winnipeg and he's not expected to be in the lineup on Thursday when the Ducks open their semifinal series against Calgary.
Apr 30 - 6:39 PM

James Wisniewski didn't play at all in the first round.

Anaheim acquired Wisniewski from Columbus on March 2 and it's surprising to see the talented defenseman kept out of the lineup. At the same time, the Ducks swept the Jets, so there wasn't any incentive for Anaheim to make adjustments. It's likely just a matter of time before Wisniewski gets his chance.
Apr 27 - 6:25 AM

The Ducks will roll with the same lineup that led to victories in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series with the Winnipeg Jets.

That means the Ducks will continue to scratch defensemen James Wisniewski, Josh Manson, and Korbinian Holzer for Game 3. Jiri Sekac will also be held out of the lineup Monday night. If the Ducks continue to earn playoff victories, then this group of players will most likely continue to be scratched.
Apr 20 - 9:15 PM

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RW1Elias Lindholm
2Kris Versteeg
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D1Justin Faulk
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