TSN.ca is reporting in their Ice Chips section that Frank Kaberle has been placed on waivers by the Hurricanes. Kaberle could be claimed by any team at full salary (the balance of this season's $2.2 million payday plus a full year at that pay for next year). If Kaberle clears waivers, the team has the option of assigning him to Albany — thus removing his cost from the salary cap but not saving the team any actual money, since he would be paid his full salary in the AHL — or keeping him in Raleigh.
**UPDATED: LSB confirms with GM Jim Rutherford that Kaberle was placed on waivers.
The team does not issue releases concerning players placed on waivers because it is not information made public by the league, but would issue a release if there was any player movement (if he was claimed, traded or assigned to the AHL).
While the move doesn't necessarily mean Kaberle is on his way out of Carolina, it does suggest the Canes are looking to free up salary and perhaps a spot for one of their young blueliners (Brett Carson comes to mind).
Kaberle played less than seven minutes against Boston Saturday, but had an assist on Matt Cullen's first-period goal and registered a minus-1. In 13 games this season, he has five assists and is minus-1 and is averaging a touch more than 15 minutes of ice time a game.
*glove tap to our good friend Patty for the heads-up on TSN's posting*