Canes' Weight practices but doesn't play in Game 7

Updated: June 20, 2006, 11:34 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hurricanes center Doug Weight was in full gear for the team's morning skate, but he was not in the lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals against Edmonton on Monday night.

Weight injured his right shoulder in Game 5.

Doug Weight
Weight

"He took the pregame skate this morning but wasn't really able to do much. He was pretty upset about it," coach Peter Laviolette said before the game. "Hopefully we can go out and win it for him."

Weight was surprisingly not made available to the media after the morning skate as reporters were told he was receiving "treatment."

Indeed, the last few days have been marked as much by secrecy-shrouded lineup decisions as the Hurricanes' inability to close out the series against Edmonton.

After pronouncing power forward Erik Cole was done for the season earlier in the series, Laviolette made Cole a surprise starter in Game 6 in Edmonton.

Cole suffered two cracked vertebrae in a March 4 game after he was driven head-first into the boards by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Cole was effective for the first two periods, but admitted he didn't feel great in the third of Edmonton's 4-0 victory Saturday, a victory that knotted the finals at three games each.

Weight hurt his shoulder after being sandwiched between Chris Pronger and Raffi Torres early in the third period of Game 5.

Scratched from Game 6, Weight talked before that game of his disappointment at not being able to play and how not playing, especially if the Canes lost, would haunt him for the rest of his life. He described being in such pain that it hurt when he went to the bathroom.

"We don't give a whole lot of information about injuries or lineups, so I am not going to go into it too deeply," Laviolette said when asked about the extent of Weight's injuries. "I saw Doug out there making all the passes that he usually makes. I did see him shoot the puck, and I am sure it did hurt when he went to the bathroom the other day."

Asked if he could confirm that Weight did suffered from discomfort in the washroom, Laviolette laughed and said he could not confirm such matters.

Carolina forward Matt Cullen spoke to Weight on Sunday and wasn't surprised to see him on the ice at the morning skate Monday. "He wants to play so badly," Cullen said.

Scott Burnside is an NHL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.