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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes suspended defenseman Anton Babchuk on Wednesday for failing to report to their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany.

The suspension came the day after Babchuk was sent down and the Hurricanes activated defenseman Frantisek Kaberle from the non-roster injured list.

"He said he needed a few days to think about it," general manager Jim Rutherford said by phone from Boston, where the Hurricanes will play the Bruins on Thursday. Rutherford said the suspension will last "until he makes a decision."

Babchuk had two goals and 12 assists in 51 games with the Hurricanes. His agent, Jay Grossman of Tarrytown, N.Y., did not return a telephone message seeking comment, and a woman who answered the phone at Grossman's office said he was out of the office traveling.

Kaberle missed 55 games while he recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, and is best known for scoring the decisive goal in Game 7 of last season's Stanley Cup finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

He picked up where he left off Tuesday night, scoring the game-winner in his first game back, a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

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