Canes G Frederik Andersen cleared to return to ice

League: NHL

Posted on: 31 Jan, 2024 at 05:28 PM

Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen is resuming on-ice activities after battling a blood-clotting issue.

He has not played since Nov. 2, the 11th game of Carolina's season. He was 4-1-0 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in six games before being sidelined and was the team's opening-night goalie.

"In November, Frederik Andersen was diagnosed with a deep-vein thrombosis and subsequent pulmonary embolisms," Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday. "He has been on anti-coagulation medication since that time, and working with a team of experts to obtain medical opinions as to how he can return to playing safely. Frederik has resumed off-ice activities without complication and will now begin limited on-ice conditioning."

Waddell did not provide a timeline for Andersen's return to game action, saying updates will come "as the process continues to progress."

Pyotr Kochetkov and Antti Raanta have split the goaltending duties during Andersen's absence.

Andersen, 34, is 60-26-4 with a 2.32 GAA and .914 save percentage in 92 games with the Hurricanes, whom he joined ahead of the 2021-22 season. He signed a two-year, $6.8 million deal to return to the club on July 1.

Andersen has appeared in 485 career games with the Anaheim Ducks (2013-16), Toronto Maple Leafs (2016-21) and Hurricanes. He is a two-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy.

Carolina is in second place in the Metropolitan Division and two points behind the New York Rangers.

--Field Level Media