James Wisniewski played all of 47 seconds for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, before tearing his ACL in the first period of his debut — an injury that required surgery and ended his 2015-16 season. On Thursday, the Hurricanes bought out the final year of his six-year contract, which had a cap hit of $5.5 million. He’ll now enter free agency on Friday. The Hurricanes initially acquired the now 32-year-old Wisniewski, a veteran defenseman with 552 regular season games of experience and 274 career points, from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goalie Anton Khudobin a year ago. The Ducks previously acquired Wisniewski from Columbus at the 2015 trade deadline. He played 13 regular season games
The day before the opening of free agency, the Edmonton Oilers have put Lauri Korpikoski on unconditional waivers for the purposes of buying him out. The move will save $2 million in cap space for 2016-17, as per General Fanager, and that additional space could factor into what the Oilers do Friday, when the market opens (and chaos ensues). Korpikoski, who the Oilers acquired from Arizona for Boyd Gordon last June, was entering the final year of his contract, with a cap hit of $2.5 million.