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Carolina Hurricanes claim Martin Frk off waivers

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Well, Frk.

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Yesterday, Detroit exposed several players to waivers. Today we learned that Carolina claimed Martin Frk.

Nick Jensen, Mitchell Callahan, Brian Lashoff, and Eric Tangradi all cleared waivers.

We expect them to be assigned to Grand Rapids shortly, but we will update this post when we receive confirmation.

We assume that Detroit will make the rest of their roster moves tomorrow to be compliant with the roster deadline of 5pm Tuesday.

Speaking of which, Bob Duff’s article at HockeyBuzz.com quoted Jeff Blashill discussing Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou’s performance this pre-season:

"I didn’t think him or Double-A (forward Andreas Athanasiou) were good enough, to be honest with you," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said bluntly. "They’ve got to be better than that. These are big games for those guys, and in two of the three, they’ve got to be better.

"I told the young guys in camp to slap me in the face and tell me you’re better than other options."

These quotes are disheartening, to put it mildly.

“Did you score a hat trick? No? Have fun in Grand Rapids!”

“Ericsson, can you tie your skates? Grab a jersey!”

There is still hope. Perhaps Blashill meant they literally have to slap him in the face and tell him they’re better. At this point, it’s worth a try.

Update: The four non-claimed players have been assigned.