Ladd recovering after emergency appendectomy

Updated: December 15, 2006, 7:48 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrew Ladd is recovering from an emergency appendectomy, the team said Friday.

Ladd underwent the procedure Thursday at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, and the left wing is at home recovering, general manager Jim Rutherford said before the Hurricanes' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 21-year-old Ladd was the Hurricanes' first-round draft pick in 2004 and is in his second season with the team. He has three goals, two assists and 23 penalty minutes in 27 games this season.

The Hurricanes recalled forward Keith Aucoin from their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany to fill Ladd's roster spot. Aucoin is joining Carolina for the second time this season. He played in one game during his first recall in October and has one assist in eight career NHL games.

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