A person familiar with the move has told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have placed captain Craig Rivet on waivers.
The move was made on Wednesday, prior to Buffalo's home game against Atlanta, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not announced the move.
Rivet, a defenseman, is a 16-year NHL veteran who has seen very little playing time this season, appearing in only 23 games. He hasn't played since Jan. 11, and been a healthy scratch for the past 16 games.
Rivet is in the final year of his contract. Prior to the start of the season, he raised the possibility that he was considering retirement after this season. Canada's TSN first reported the move.