Johan Hedberg buyout: Devils goaltender placed on unconditional waivers
Hedberg had one-year remaining on a two-year, $2.8 million contract that carried an annual average salary of $1.4 million against the salary cap. He will be paid an annual allotment of $466,666 for two-years as part of the buyout process.
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are permitted two compliance buyouts that remove a player's salary from their salary cap allotment without penalty. This option was created due to the declining nature of the salary cap for the 2013-14 season, as well as a way to adjust to new contractual rules in the collective bargaining agreement that eliminated front- or back-loaded contracts.
This ultimately resulted in the decision to use a compliance buyout.
Hedberg will now become an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team of his choosing (with the exception of the Devils). Free agency begins Friday at noon, ET.
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