Less than 24 hours before the free agency period begins, several NHL teams got to work on some housekeeping Thursday. Six teams placed players on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. The NHL's buyout window closes at 5 p.m. ET on Thursday.
The Blue Jackets got back to work on Thursday, buying out the final year of right winger Jared Boll's contract. Boll, 30, scored one goal in 30 games in 2015-16.
A day after signing Steven Stamkos to an eight-year extension, the Lightning cleared some cap space by buying out the final two years of defenseman Matt Carle's deal. The move earns the Bolts a significant saving of $3.6 million.
Defenseman Barrett Jackman's stay in Nashville didn't last long. The Predators bought out the remainder of his deal, less than a year after signing him to a two-year deal. Jackman is 35 and could be coming to the end of his career.
The Bruins will save $2.8 million by buying out the final two years of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg's contract. Seidenberg was a key member of the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup victory. He had one goal in 61 games last season.
The Oilers bought out 29-year-old left winger Lauri Korpikoski. Korpikoski was traded to the Oilers last summer.
The Kings bought out two-time Stanley Cup champion Matt Greene. The 33-year-old defenseman missed 79 games this season due to a shoulder injury and had two years remaining on his deal.
The Hurricanes made a late move by buying out veteran defenseman James Wisniewski. No surprise here, he played less than one period this season thanks to a torn ACL in the first game. If he's healthy, he could find a new team willing to give him a chance when he becomes a free agent on Friday.