Ducks confirm they will buyout the contract of defenseman Simon Després
The Anaheim Ducks have parted was with young defenseman Simon Després after announcing they would buyout the remaining four years of the five-year/$18.5 million dollar contract he signed in 2015.
Després came to the Ducks via a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2014/2015 season.
In 16 games with the Ducks after the trade, Després impressed with one goal and five points earning himself the five-year deal. However, he played just 32 games due to injury the following season and was limited to just one game in the 2016/2017 season due to serious issues arising from a concussion he suffered in the team's season opener against Dallas.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray issued the following statement regarding Després:
“Simon Després is a good hockey player and a good person. But, at this point in time, we feel it is in the best interests of both Simon and the organization to part ways. We wish him the very best in the future.”
With the cap relief from the buyout, it's likely Anaheim will have a great chance of coming to terms with defenseman Cam Fowler on a contract extension. Fowler will an unrestricted free agent after the 2017/2018 season.