With only a day until free agency opens up, a couple teams have made last-ditch efforts to clear up some cap space prior to today’s buyout deadline.
Mikhael Grabovski on unconditional waivers
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Hal Gill (NSH), Johan Hedberg (NJ) and Greg Zanon (COL) also on unconditional waivers, presumably for buyout purposes.
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Grabovski was scheduled to count $5.5 million against the cap through the 2016-17 season and is coming off a nine-goal, 16-point campaign in 2013. Grabovski had a tough regular season before showing some improved play in the postseason, improving his physical play against guys like Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara.
Bélanger had a disappointing season with the Oilers, recording no goals and three assists in 26 games with the club. His cap hit was set for $1,750,000 next season.
In Hedberg’s case, there was truly no room for the aging goaltender, who had been cast out in favor of Cory Schneider, who the club just traded for last week. The 40-year-old was set to make $1.4 million next season.
The Preds waived Gill on Tuesday because they felt he didn’t on the roster after the selection of defenseman Seth Jones with the No. 4 overall pick. Still a big, reliable defenseman, Gill adds some depth to a weak defensive market when the doors open up on Friday.
The 33-year old Zanon had six assists, 28 penalty minutes and a minus-16 rating in 44 games this season. The Colorado Avalanche had placed him on waivers on Tuesday, however he also went unclaimed.
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