Forward Matt Moulson was placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. If he is unclaimed by noon ET on Tuesday, he will be assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League.
Moulson, 34, has no points, 13 shots on goal and a minus-9 rating in 14 games this season. He's been scratched 13 times.
"We talked quite a bit throughout the last two weeks," Sabres coach Phil Housley told the Buffalo News. "Just the direction that our team's going, we have to make roster spots and try to push some other buttons and try to get some internal competition within our team."
Moulson is in the fourth season of a five-year, $25 million contract, with an average annual value of $5 million.
The Sabres have lost four straight games (0-4-0) and are last in the NHL with 16 points (6-17-4).
"Just with the position we're in we've got to make some decisions about our team and our lineup," Housley said. "Sometimes they're tough decisions. I think we need to focus as a group on our own game as an individual, but certainly these are the tough ones that you have to make in this business."
A three-time 30-goal scorer, Moulson has 369 points (176 goals, 193 assists) in 650 games in 11 NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Sabres.