The Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday placed forward Brad Malone on waivers. NHL teams have until noon Friday to claim Malone.
Malone, 26, has played in 37 games this season, scoring two goals and notching three assists. He has been a healthy scratch for Carolina in the past 11 games.
The Canes, in the chase for a playoff spot, are playing Thursday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Canes coach Bill Peters said defenseman Justin Faulk would not play because of further complications with an ankle injury that sidelined him for six games.
Faulk was injured in practice after a collision with Malone. He returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers and was able to practice Wednesday, but Peters said the ankle did not respond well to treatment and that Faulk would be held out of the Leafs game.
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The Canes face the Boston Bruins on Friday at PNC Arena.
Malone signed a two-year, one-way free-agent contract with the Canes in July 2014. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season.