The Montreal Canadiens intend to buy out the contract of Scott Gomez, and sent the center home on Sunday.
By doing that, the team will remove his $7.36 million salary cap hit from the team's payroll.
General manager Marc Bergevin told reporters that Gomez won't be allowed to play in any other league, because if he were to suffer a long-term injury, the team couldn't use one of its two compliance buyouts next summer to remove his cap hit.
"We all know the rules, and we all know that next year, the cap's going down," Bergevin said. "We had to judge what was best for us to give us the space to be able to comply by those rules."
Gomez is coming off his two worst seasons. He had just 11 points in 38 games in an injury-plagued 2011-12 season, and seven goals and 31 assists in 80 games in 2010-11.