Panthers recall Rocco Grimaldi, Trocheck likely out for the regular season

Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography
Image courtesy of @turbuL3NT2 / COTP Photography

The Panthers announced on Wednesday that they’ve recalled Rocco Grimaldi from the Portland Pirates as Vincent Trocheck is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after blocking a shot with his right leg.

The Panthers suffered a huge blow to their forward corps on Tuesday when Vincent Trocheck sustained what is believed to be a fractured fibula, according to sources who spoke to Cats on the Prowl. Trocheck was out killing a penalty when a slap shot by P.A. Parenteau hit the side of Trocheck’s ankle as he made a reactionary attempt to get out of the way. The shot appears to hit at or slightly above the ankle which is where the bottom of the fibula is. The 22-year old center is enjoying a breakout campaign with 25 goals and 28 points in 76 games, and he attended the Panthers’ team photo shoot on Wednesday sporting a cast on the injured leg.

With Trocheck expected to miss about 3 to 4 weeks, the Panthers recalled Rocco Grimaldi from the Pirates of the AHL for the fourth time this season. Since being sent down on December 20th, Grimaldi has recorded 12 goals and 12 assists in 39 games for the Pirates and recently returned to the top line with Kyle Rau (sent down by Florida) and Shane Harper (recovered from an injury).

Head coach Gerard Gallant said Grimaldi is likely to slide in on the 3rd line with Nick Bjugstad moving up to fill in for Trocheck, although it’s unclear how the bottom-9 lines will shake out. This is admittedly a huge opportunity for Grimaldi is show what he’s got, however he hasn’t exactly been put into the best position to succeed in his last call-ups; he’s not a bottom line player.

Here are some highlights of Grimaldi from the past several weeks:

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