Canes' Whitney goes on IR with groin strain

Updated: October 6, 2005, 8:23 PM ET

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ray Whitney's tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes has gotten off to a disappointing start.

 Ray Whitney

The Hurricanes on Thursday placed Whitney on injured reserve, retroactive to Monday, with a groin strain.

The veteran left wing signed a free agent contract with Carolina in the offseason after collecting 14 goals and 29 assists in 67 games with the Detroit Red Wings in 2003-04.

Whitney missed the Hurricanes' season-opening 5-2 loss at defending champion Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes also recalled goaltender Kevin Nastiuk from Lowell of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He was sent to the Lock Monsters on Sept. 23 but will rejoin the team after fellow netminder Martin Gerber suffered a hip injury at Tampa Bay.

A fourth-round draft pick in 2003, the 20-year-old Nastiuk went 63-37-9 in two seasons with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League, helping the Tigers to two consecutive Central Division titles.