Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said defenseman Frantisek Kaberle was placed on waivers today.
Kaberle, 35, is in his fourth season with the Canes and has missed 24 games because of injuries. He scored the winning goal in the seventh game of the 2006 Stanley Cup final against the Edmonton Oilers.
"It's always tough to break ties with someone," Rutherford said. "He was a big part of the Cup run and scored the big goal.
"But at some point, it's a part of our business that you have to cut ties. The first half of the season we talked about cutting our defense. We're getting to the point our defense is healthier, and we've had guys come in from Albany and do a good job as depth guys."
Kaberle has a $2.2 million salary with the Canes, and the decision to put him on waivers is a cost-saving move to shed salary.
"We decided to move a contract and to give him a chance with someone else," Rutherford said. "If he clears waivers, he'll still be a part of our team."