Valeri Nichushkin had the final season of his contract bought out by the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Nichushkin was entering the second of a two-year, $5.9 million contract (average annual value of $2.95 million) he signed with the Stars on July 1, 2018.
The 24-year-old forward had 10 points, all assists, and was minus-4 in 57 regular-season games with Dallas this season, averaging 11:55 of ice time, and was held without a point in one Stanley Cup Playoff game.
Nichushkin, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, rejoined the Stars after spending the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons with CSKA Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League.
He was selected by Dallas in the first round (No. 10) of the 2013 NHL Draft and had 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 79 games as a rookie in 2013-14. Nichushkin has 74 points (23 goals, 51 assists) in 223 NHL games, all with the Stars, and three points (one goal, two assists) in 17 playoff games.