The Canes took the ice this morning at the RBC Center for their first training camp practice sessions. Among the missing: David Tanabe.
General manager Jim Rutherford recently said the defenseman was obligated to be at training camp as a player under contract.
Tanabe missed much of last season with an apparent concussion and still not been ruled healthy enough to play by doctors.
The Canes sought to buy out Tanabe’s contract but a grievance was filed by the NHLPA because of his injury. Rutherford said today that an arbitration hearing will be held in Washington, D.C., to resolve the issue. The date has not been set, but the hearing probably will be mid-October, Rutherford said
“Either rule that he’s a roster player and he’s injured, and he reports for rehab and hopefully we can get him healthy and play again, or rule he’s a player who can be bought out,” Rutherford said. “That’s all we ask.”
Tanabe is due to be paid $900,000 this year.