The Canes may go into training camp with the David Tanabe situation still unresolved.
Tanabe's agent, Neil Sheehy, said today that the defenseman still has not been able to skate. Tanabe missed the last 49 games last season after suffering a Dec. 18 concussion against Toronto.
in June, the Canes sought to buy out the last year of Tanabe's contract, but the NHLPA filed a grievance based on the terms of the CBA. Sheehy said Tanabe, who played in 18 games last season, recently consulted with a doctor in Buffalo but was not given a clean bill of health.
"I'm hopeful he can play but I don't know," Sheehy said. "When you're dealing with a brain injury, you never know."
Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tanabe, being under contract, will be required to attend training camp and would be monitored by team doctors.
"It would appear, on the latest doctor's report, that he's not declared healthy enough to play," Rutherford said.