Carolina RW Williams out four to six months with knee injury

RALEIGH, N.C. – Carolina right wing Justin Williams will miss at least four months after tearing a knee ligament, general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday.

The Hurricanes also placed forward Chad LaRose on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 18 because if a concussion, and recalled forward Brandon Nolan from Albany of the AHL.

Williams, an all-star last season who has nine goals and 21 assists this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first period of the Hurricanes’ 5-4 loss at Florida on Thursday night.

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The team will schedule surgery next week, and Williams is expected to miss between four to six months. Before the injury, Williams had played in 205 consecutive regular-season games dating to March 27, 2004.