Report: Panthers to use buyout on Kuba

Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 3:48 PM NHL.com

The Florida Panthers will buy out the final year of the contract of defenseman Filip Kuba, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported.

The report states the Panthers will use a traditional buyout, rather than a compliance buyout, on Kuba, who has one season at $4 million left on his contract. That means he will count $1.333 million against the Panthers' salary cap in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The 36-year-old blueliner had 10 points in 44 games in 2012-13, with an average ice time of 21:13 per game, second-highest on the team.

Chosen by the Panthers in the eighth round (No. 192) of the 1995 NHL Draft, he returned to the team July 1, 2012, when he signed a two-year, $8 million contract.

In 14 seasons with the Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators, Kuba has 70 goals and 333 points in 836 games.

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