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Canes trim roster; Khudobin to start against Sabres

The Canes on Monday trimmed its training-camp roster to 44, returning seven players to their junior teams.

The seven players include forward Sergey Tolchinsky and goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, who played in Sunday's preseason exhibition game against Columbus. The other players sent back to junior were forwards Clark Bishop and Brent Pedersen; defensemen Tyler Ganly, Kyle Jenkins and Josh Wesley.

Defenseman Haydn Fleury, the Canes' first-round draft pick this year, remains with the team and practiced Monday.

Canes coach Bill Peters said he would "thin the herd" again after Carolina's next two preseason games -- Tuesday at Buffalo and Wednesday against the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.

"You can bear down a little more and give more individual attention to groups," Peters said.

The Canes lost 4-3 to the Blue Jackets with Cam Ward starting in net. Peters said the plan was for Anton Khudobin to start against the Sabres, with Drew MacIntyre in relief, then have MacIntyre start against the Islanders.

Peters said forward Alex Semin would be held out of the Sabres game as a precaution. He said Eric Staal, who sat out Sunday's game, would play some of the exhibition games but that the number of games and opponents still were being discussed. Semin (wrist) and Staal (core-muscle injury) both had offseason surgery.

Peters said if he had his druthers, he'd like to have a few more practices, the Red-White game, then a preseason game. Instead, the Canes have the two preseason games and then the Red-White scrimmage on Friday at PNC Arena.

"A lot of the stuff we worked on today we could have done in the Red-White game," he said. "So when we play the Red-White game we're going to have an emphasis on four-on-four hockey, some specialty teams, those types of things. Just too many things to cover. If you try to cover them at once in the first two days you just nearly touch on them and you really have taught anything."

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