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Kaberle Clears Waivers

Tuesday, 12.30.2008 / 12:10 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Kaberle Clears Waivers

Update: Noon has come and gone with no takers.  Kaberle stays on the roster, and the Canes will need him tomorrow night.  Niclas Wallin appeared to suffer a setback at today's practice when his outstretched ankle was hit hard into the boards and he pulled up in obvious pain before leaving the ice.  He was in full-contact mode after spending the last several days in gold.
 



The Hurricanes are waiting until noon Tuesday to see if another team claims Frank Kaberle on waivers.

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Jim Rutherford thinks that’s a possibility based on his discussions with other teams, but there are a number of factors that go into the decision.

“There’s interest from teams looking for D,” said Rutherford. “But some teams are up against the cap and don’t have room, while other teams that have room under the cap aren’t in a position to add more salary.”

Based on Kaberle’s age (35), contract ($2.2 million until the end of next season) and recent injury history (24 games missed this year), it’s not a certainty by any means that he’ll be picked in today’s NHL. Some good players have passed through waivers throughout this season with no takers due to financial constraints around the league, and Kaberle could fall into that category.

If he does go unclaimed, he’ll stick with the Hurricanes, as Rutherford said the team has no plans to assign him to Albany as they eventually did with Josef Melichar in a similar situation earlier this season.

As for why Kaberle was placed on waivers (besides saving salary), Rutherford said that the team now has other players who can do for the team what he used to do back when he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2006.

“Frank’s role that he played when he was so good for us has diminished,” said Rutherford, citing fellow defenseman Joe Corvo, Joni Pitkanen and Dennis Seidenberg, who have all contributed offensively this season. “We also have some depth guys in Albany that can come back in when we need them.”

At the start of the season and after a run of good health, Kaberle looked like he might be enjoying a return to the form he had back in 2005-06, but was slowed by two leg injuries that caused him to miss time while the aforementioned blueliners solidified their spots in the Canes’ top six.

“He had a really good camp and start to the season, but injuries set him back,” said Rutherford. “Frank is still a good player.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72