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On Tuesday, the Hurricanes made the very boring and fully expected announcement that they have bought out the contract of Frantisek Kaberle. The 35-year old rearguard had one year left on a contract that would have paid him $2.2M this season. Instead, he’ll be paid $1.467M, spread over two years.
Kaberle scored the cup-winning goal in 2006 and underwent shoulder surgery that summer. After that, he was never the same. In addition to never regaining his old form, Joe Corvo was brought in, followed by Joni Pitkänen. This pretty much rendered him expendable. Those other two guys are better at the “offensive defenseman” stuff and actually passable in their own end. The same cannot be said for Kaberle. I don’t want to take away from what he did for the Hurricanes, but the ugly truth is that he was an absolute nightmare in his own end and by the end of the 2007-08 season, he’d lost at least a step in the offensive end. He became a healthy scratch/seventh defenseman/fill-in player. $2.2M is way too much money to pay a guy to eat popcorn. The rest of us pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to eat popcorn at the games. While some fans are clinging to the sentimentality of the guy who scored the cup-winner, most of us saw a player that was no longer earning his keep and who no longer had a purpose on the team.
There was also another, happier, non-derisive announcement out of Raleigh.
Today the news came that defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, scheduled to become an UFA on July 1, will most likely not be back in Raleigh this fall. According to the News & Observer, the Canes won’t be willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth. Jim Rutherford had this to say:
“Based on my conversation with his agent, and where they think he’s at, he’s a long way out of our reach.
The 27-year-old German has spent the last two and a half seasons with Carolina after coming over when the Hurricanes traded Kevyn Adams to the
... Phoenix Coyotes in January of 2007. He put up career bests in goals, assists, points, games played. He also managed to stay, for the most part, injury free.
This, coupled with another possible exiting blueliner, means that Carolina’s defense will have a different look next season, and they’re probably gonna have to break tradition and become a buyer in the free agent market.
The Hurricanes have activated defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from the injured reserve and have assigned Byron Rodney to Albany. Rodney played in Seidenberg’s stead for the last six games, earning two assists and the praise of his coaches. GM Jim Rutherford said that he’ll have a spot on next season’s team, but it’s a numbers thing right now.
”He’s put himself in a position where, going into next year’s training camp, he’ll have to play himself off the team,”
Today, the team also put defenseman Frantisek Kaberle on waivers for the second time this season. Kaberle has played in just 22 games this season and has six assists. In late December, Kaberle was placed on waivers, even amidst a rash of injury and illness among the blueliners. He cleared waivers and returned to the lineup the next day.
If Kaberle clears waivers this time, the Hurricanes may look to move the 35-year old, who scored the Cup winning goal in 2006. Kaberle is signed through 2009-10 at $2.2M.
On Monday, the Hurricanes announced that they have placed defenseman Frantisek Kaberle on waivers. Meanwhile, defensemen Joni Pitkänen and Dennis Seidenberg plus forward Wade Brookbank have the flu, or flu-like symptoms.
Although Kaberle scored the Cup-winning goal in 2006 and will always have a place in Caniacs’ hearts and Hurricanes history books, his slow-footed, sloppy passing, no-hitting, no English-speaking style of play no longer fits into Carolina’s system. More to the point, his $2.2M salary is no longer justifiable. He’s still under contract for one more season, and it’s highly unlikely that any team aside from the Lightning would be interested in picking up his salary. In the likely event that he clears waivers, it sounds like they’ll send him to Albany rather than release him outright. Jim Rutherford:
“We decided to move a contract and to give him a chance with someone else. If he clears waivers, he’ll still be a part of our team.”
On Friday, the Hurricanes began their annual late October two week road trip in Los Angeles. After giving up the game’s first goal, then taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Carolina ended up losing in overtime 4-3. Carolina also lost defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to injury.
At 6:37 of the second frame, Kaberle hobbled off the bench and to the Canes locker room. He didn’t return to action, and the initial report was that he had suffered a fracture in his foot after blocking a shot. He is expected to miss two to four weeks. It’s very early in the season, but already Carolina has nine man-games lost to injury. Tonight’s injury scratches will raise that number to 13.
Eric Staal was also injured in that game, enough to keep him out of practice on Saturday. However, he is expected to extend his consecutive games streak to 259 tonight against the Ducks.
Carolina opened their 11th season on Friday with a wild game against division foe Florida and a 6-4 win. It wasn’t pretty, but two points in the standings look good any day of the week.
The Hurricanes stumbled out of the gates, giving up two goals in the first six minutes of the contest, but settled in nicely with goals from six different players and assists from seven different players. At the end of it all, Tim Gleason earned the game’s first star with three assists.
Recap and notes after the jump
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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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