The Ducks put defenseman Simon Despres on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract.
The move was expected for Despres, whose career has been in jeopardy because of a history of concussions.
“Simon Despres is a good hockey player and a good person,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. “But, at this point in time, we feel it is in the best interests of both Simon and the organization to part ways. We wish him the very best in the future.”
Despres, 25, had four more years on his contract, at an average annual value of $3.7 million. The buyout will be spread out over eight years, starting at $1.2 million next season, according to