The Carolina Hurricanes bought out defenseman James Wisniewski's contract Thursday.
Wisniewski, 32, will become an unrestricted free agent Friday. He had one year remaining with a $5.5 million NHL salary-cap charge on a six-year contract he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to General Fanager.
Wisniewski tore his left ACL 47 seconds into the Hurricanes opener against the Nashville Predators and did not play the rest of this season. He was acquired by Carolina in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks at the 2015 NHL Draft for goaltender Anton Khudobin. The Ducks acquired Wisniewski from the Blue Jackets prior to the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline.
The Michigan native has 53 goals and 221 assists in 552 NHL regular-season games for the Hurricanes, Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets.