Fort Lauderdale, FL (Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers are beginning the
process of clearing up salary cap space, after buying out the contract of
defenseman Filip Kuba.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel was first with the news on Wednesday evening.
Unlike a compliance buyout, which can only be used twice and does not count
against the cap, Kuba's release will remain on the ledger. The 36-year-old is
due to be paid $2.8 million over the next two years, but only $2.6 million
will count against the cap, according to the paper.
Kuba returned to the club which drafted him, signing an $8 million, two-year
deal at the outset of last year's free-agency period. He picked up a goal and
nine assists in 44 regular-season appearances.
The native of the Czech Republic was an eighth-round selection in 1995 and
spent parts of his first two NHL seasons with Florida, from 1998-2000, then
went on to become an original member of the Minnesota Wild.
In 836 North American appearances, he has compiled 70 goals and 333 points for
the Panthers, Wild, Lightning and Senators.
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