Hurricanes suspend defenseman Babchuk

first_imgThe Carolina Hurricanes suspended defenseman Anton Babchuk on Wednesday for failing to report to their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany, N.Y. The suspension came the day after Babchuk was sent down and the Hurricanes activated defenseman Frantisek Kaberle from the non-roster injured list. Babchuk had two goals and 12 assists in 51 games with the Hurricanes. His agent, Jay Grossman of Tarrytown, N.Y., did not return a telephone message seeking comment, and a woman who answered the phone at Grossman’s office said he was out of the office traveling. Kaberle missed 55 games while he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, and is best known for scoring the decisive goal in Game 7 of last season’s Stanley Cup Finals against the Edmonton Oilers. He picked up where he left off Tuesday, scoring the winner in his first game back, a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Rolston out sick: Leading scorer Brian Rolston didn’t practice with Minnesota because of a lingering stomach virus that kept him out of the Wild’s game at Dallas the night before. Rolston, whose 25 goals and 46 points are tops on the team, saw a doctor instead of practicing. He wasn’t feeling better but tests didn’t reveal anything, assistant general manager Tom Lynn said. Rolston is questionable to play in tonight’s game against Florida. Hello, Columbus: The NHL draft will be held June22-23 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The first round will be Friday night and broadcast live on VERSUS, with rounds two through seven held Saturday morning, the NHL said. Stars sign goalie: Dallas backup goaltender Mike Smith signed a two-year deal to stay with the Stars through the 2008-09 season. Smith, who would have become an unrestricted free agent when his previous contract expired June 30, will make $950,000 per year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “He said he needed a few days to think about it,” general manager Jim Rutherford said by phone from Boston, where the Hurricanes will play the Bruins today. Rutherford said the suspension will last “until he makes a decision.” last_img

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