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After months and months of waiting, the issue between the Hurricanes and defenseman David Tanabe has finally been resolved.
Tanabe is finally off the books, and Carolina will pay out $850k spread out over the next three years. This payment is per an agreement that was made between Avi and the Hurricanes.
I wrote about this yesterday, wondering when, if ever, this would come to a close. After the attempted buyout and resulting grievance, the Hurricanes scheduled a meeting with an arbitrator. That meeting was to occur “sometime in October”, but according to this News & Observer piece, the hearing was canceled when the two sides came to this agreement.
One of the more perplexing stories out of Raleigh over the last 10 months or so has been the health status of Canes defenseman David Tanabe. The story has taken a few twists and turns and there’s always a promise of resolution just around the corner, but right now we know less than we did in January.
On December 18 of last year, Tanabe left the game against the Maple Leafs during the first period. Later, it was reported that he had suffered a concussion. He never returned to action, and health status updates were shady at best for the rest of that season.
in July, the Hurricanes attempted to buy out the remaining year of Tanabe’s contract, but that maneuver was immediately protested by Tanabe himself and also by the NHLPA. Injured players cannot be bought out. Fair enough, but the Hurricanes hadn’t heard a peep out of Tanabe. And they still haven’t.
The Hurricanes have trimmed their training camp roster to 33 players, and with the regular season just 10 days away, there are still quite a few lineup issues to be resolved. The most intriguing issue is the blueline. There are still nine defensemen in camp, and only three of them—Joe Corvo, Tim Gleason and Joni Pitkänen—are guaranteed roster spots. And this doesn’t count the enigmatic and AWOL David (aka “Avi”, aka “Snuggles”) who has not shown up for camp and claims he is still concussed.
The News&Observer has opened the floor for the debate: How will the defensive pairings be filled out? Everybody agrees that Gleason, Pitkänen and Corvo are in the top four. The debate is about who among Anton Babchuk, Tim Conboy, Frantisek Kaberle, Josef Melichar, Dennis Seidenberg and Nic Wallin will play every night, who will be a healthy scratch, who will be relegated to Albany, and finally who will be traded to Los Angeles. To make matters more confusing, free agent Bryan Rodney is among the last men standing after another round of cuts on Sunday.
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All summer long, there has been a wild and crazy soap opera with the Hurricanes and injured defenseman David Tanabe. First, the Canes tried to buy out his contract. Tanabe, and the NHLPA objected on the grounds of injury. The buyout was invalidated and for now, Tanabe must be listed as a roster player. As a “roster player”, Tanabe is expected to show up for camp. At the vey least, so he can be evaluated by team doctors. According to Chip Alexander, Tanabe was a no-show for the physicals yesterday and for the official opening of camp today.