The Hurricanes have placed David Tanabe and Jeff Hamilton on waivers with the intention of buying out their contracts.
Tanabe missed the last half of the season with a concussion, and injured players cannot be bought out, but the Canes are taking the position that he is healthy.
Tanabe is under contract for $900,000 this season and Hamilton $800,000, so the Canes will be out $1.13 million in cash — $600,000 for Tanabe and $533,333 for Hamilton — and take a cap hit of
$566,667 in 2008-09 and 2009-10 $416,667 in 2008-09 and $566,667 in 2009-10.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: I've corrected the cap figures and spoken with Tanabe's agent, Neil Sheehy, who declined to comment because he was still researching Tanabe's situation.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said Tanabe has missed a number of meetings with him and took his equipment home for the summer, and their medical reports indicate he's healthy.