Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said he has not put center Rod Brind'Amour on waivers.
He said the team had until Wednesday to put a player on waivers, which would need to be done to buy out that player's contract.
Brind'Amour, the team's captain until until the torch was passed to center Eric Staal midway through the past season, would earn $3 million this season.
There was some debate on hockey websites over whether the Hurricanes needed to put Brind'Amour on waivers by noon today in order to buy him out, but Rutherford denied that was the case.
The relevant portion of the CBA is section 13 of the Standard Player Contract, which outlines the buyout procedure. Sections 13.a and 13.c.i say player can be put on unconditional waivers "promptly after" notice of termination by 5 p.m. June 30.
Rutherford also denied ever mentioning forward Sergei Samsonov as someone the team is interested in buying out, although he has discussed buying out Samsonov.
"That's been out there, but I never said it," he said.