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Irbe: 'If I'm not playing, I don't want to stay here'

Updated: November 9, 2002, 7:35 PM ET
Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In earlier seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes, Arturs Irbe was on the ice almost as much as the puck.

The 35-year-old goaltender played in 75 and 77 games two and three seasons ago, and had a key role in Carolina's run to the Stanley Cup finals last year.

But he's hardly been visible in the first month of 2002-03 -- except in advertisements or sitting on the Hurricanes bench as red-hot Kevin Weekes guards the net.

And he's just about fed up with it.

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