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Kaberle Stays, Will be Needed Wednesday

Tuesday, 12.30.2008 / 1:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Kaberle Stays, Will be Needed Wednesday
Paul Maurice post-practice audio

Now that he’s cleared waivers and looks to be in the lineup tomorrow night, it’s back to business for Frank Kaberle.
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“It’s not such a new situation, this happens fairly regularly, and we explain that,” said Paul Maurice of having a waived player remain on the team. “For some players, Kyle Wellwood, just to name one, it turns out to be an inflection or a turning point in their career, although clearly he’s not 24 years old anymore.”

Wellwood, now 25, played for Maurice in Toronto, and has gone on to score 13 goals for Vancouver so far this year

Given his situation, Kaberle, who turned 35 last month, didn’t seem surprised to still be a Hurricane at noon today.

“After the injury I haven’t played much,” he said. “It’s hard with one more year, nobody was probably going to take me, so I don’t know what’s going to happen after. We’ll see.”

Both Maurice and Kaberle pointed to his leg injury, which originally occurred on October 17 and has caused him to miss a total of 24 games this season, as a factor in why the team decided to waive him.

“When Frankie came to camp, in my understanding in great shape, he worked hard, really looked focused and really looked good,” said Maurice. “Then he had the injury and he hasn’t gotten back to where he was. Then we saw some younger defensemen.”

“Before the injury happened I felt great and I think I played good,” said Kaberle. “It’s bad luck.”

Kaberle’s playing prospects increased during today’s practice when Niclas Wallin may have suffered a recurrence of his own injury. While participating in full contact for the first time in several days, his outstretched ankle was hit hard into the boards, causing him to double up in pain and leave the ice early.

According to Maurice, who saw the same thing happen to Tim Gleason during his recovery last month, it might not be as bad as it seemed.

“Pete (Friesen) said I guarantee you this is going to happen – he’s going to roll this thing in the first practice and he’s going to feel like it’s awful, then we’ll take him off and ice it and he’s going to be OK. Right now I’m (crossing my fingers).”

That opens the door at least temporarily for Kaberle, although Maurice made it clear that it shouldn’t be considered shut in the first place.

“That being said, he may never miss a game, and sometimes it’s a good tool.”

Flu update: Joni Pitkanen was back today, while Wade Brookbank remained at home largely for precautionary reasons. No one else seems to be feeling under the weather.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
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13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62