Matt Carle (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Less than 24 hours before the free agency period begins, several NHL teams got to work on some housekeeping Thursday.Less than 24 hours before the free agency period begins, several NHL teams got to work on some housekeeping Thursday. Six teams placed players on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. The NHL's buyout window closes at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. There had already been some notable buyouts, including the Canucks' Chris Higgins, the Wild's Thomas Vanek, and the Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin. The Blue Jackets got back to work on Thursday, buying out the final year of right winger Jared Boll's contract. Boll, 30, scored one goal in 30 games in 2015-16. signing Steven Stamkos to an eight-year extension, the Lightning cleared some cap space by buying out the final two years of defenseman Matt Carle's deal. The move earns the Bolts a significant saving of $3.6 million.
A Carle buyout with save the #Lightning $3.67M in cap space for the 16-17 and 18-19 seasons, 4 years in length pic.twitter.com/MMX9S5arSC — CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2016Defenseman Barrett Jackman's stay in Nashville didn't last long. The Predators bought out the remainder of his deal, less than a year after signing him to a two-year deal. Jackman is 35 and could be coming to the end of his career.
A Seidenberg buyout will free the #Bruins 2.83M in 16-17 and 1.83M in 17-18 in cap space, 4 years in length pic.twitter.com/USzFiuNNVZ — CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2016The Oilers bought out 29-year-old left winger Lauri Korpikoski. Korpikoski was traded to the Oilers last summer.
A Greene buyout will last 4 years with a cap hit of 833k for the #Kings $1.67M in freed cap space for 16-17 & 17-18 pic.twitter.com/pIx6I47d1G — CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2016The Hurricanes made a late move by buying out veteran defenseman James Wisniewski. No surprise here, he played less than one period this season thanks to a torn ACL in the first game. If he's healthy, he could find a new team willing to give him a chance when he becomes a free agent on Friday.
James Wisniewski buy out details:2016-17: $3,500,000 2017-18: $1,000,000https://t.co/Nck5T2hwX7 pic.twitter.com/nW7WI7zwMU — CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) June 30, 2016