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Hurricanes Place Nestrasil on Waivers

Nestrasil can be assigned to Charlotte if he clears; Lindholm nearing return from injury

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes today placed forward Andrej Nestrasil on waivers.

If Nestrasil clears waivers on Tuesday at noon, the Hurricanes can assign him to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

Forward Elias Lindholm is nearing a return from an upper-body injury, according to head coach Bill Peters. Lindholm is currently on injured reserve, and the Hurricanes are already carrying the maximum of 23 players on their active roster, so a personnel move was inevitable. Last week's addition of forward Ty Rattie from the waiver wire further complicates the forward lines picture.

Nestrasil has logged 17 goals and 31 assists (48 points) in 137 NHL games from 2014-17. Carolina claimed Nestrasil on waivers from Detroit on Nov. 20, 2014, and he has since played in 114 games with the Hurricanes over parts of three seasons. Nestrasil has recorded five points (1g, 4a) in 18 games this season, but has played just twice since Dec. 10 and has been a healthy scratch in 22 games.

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