Hockey Stuff: Canes Sign David Tanabe

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DAVID TANABE | Signs two-way deal with Canes 

With Bret Hedican ailing and the Carolina thin on defense,  the Hurricanes signed two-time former defenseman David Tanabe Friday, announcing the deal Saturday. Tanabe joined the lineup for tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals.

Tanabe has played parts of five seasons for the Canes since the team drafted him in 1999. He played 60 games for the team last season after the Boston Bruins didn’t offer him a contract following the 2005-06 season. The same thing happened to him following last season: Carolina didn’t offer Tanabe a contract. So the 27-year-old tried out for the St. Louis Blues, but didn’t make the team. The Hurricanes gave Tanabe a two-way deal, paying him $600,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.

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