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UPDATE II -- Wade Belak on Waivers ... Quotes from a Ticked-off Wade ... Jacques Martin Talks

Belak_2 Just got home from Boston (thanks JetBlue!) and just got word that enforcer Wade Belak was placed on waivers today.

Belak signed a two-year deal with the Panthers during the offseason but hasn't seen much playing time this season.

Teams have until Monday at noon to claim him.

Just got off the phone with Jacques Martin who says the team needs to be accountable for its play and that he had left numerous messages for Wade starting "at 10 after 12. Then I called him an hour later."

Spoke with Wade and he's pretty upset about the whole deal. Says "they brought me down here to play,'' although, he's not playing.

Belak's minutes are way down, he only played six-plus minutes last night and didn't get in at all in the third period. He thinks this stems from him skipping optional skate Thursday in New Jersey (he thought he was playing that night instead of being a healthy scratch because of Kamil Kreps) and for not fighting and sticking up for Nick Boynton after he got beat up pretty good in his scrap with Milan Lucic.

''I tried to fight guys there and they refused to go,'' Belak said. “What do they want me to do, fight and take a penalty? We were trying to win that game. I'm not a rookie.''

Also: “They bring me down here to play, and I've seen my time dwindle from eight minutes to three shifts a game,'' Belak said. ''I'm not a liability. I'm tired of hearing how we need offense. Other tough guys play and are contributing. It's tough to fight from the bench.''

He seems pretty ticked off. So, too, did JM.

"Obviously, I'm not happy with the club's performance so far,'' Martin said Saturday night. "We need to change some things. Maybe that's a start. We need to perform better. We'll see what happens. We'll see if he clears.''

I asked JM why Belak since he doesn't play a whole lot as it is: "He's not playing a lot of minutes, not playing every game. This indicates we want to change things. It's part of the business. People have to realize things are too comfortable around here.

"This is part of the whole situation. I thought we turned a corner winning in Anaheim and Tampa. We lost to Detroit, but that's a great team. Then we won our first game [at Tampa] on the road [before losing two straight]. We need to play better, get more urgency in our game.

"I've been talking to other managers, trying to make different moves. You get to a point where we need to send a message to our players that we're not going to accept this. We need better performances.

"If we don't turn it around, we're going to have to do something.''

As far as Wade being sent to Rochester goes, JM would not rule that out.

"We'll wait to see what happens on Monday. If he gets picked up, I don't have to deal with it. If he doesn't get picked up, I have the flexibility to send him down. It's not a money issue. We're trying to get the team to understand they need more urgancy in their game.''

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