Friday, June 16, 2017
NHL news: Ducks buy out contract of Despres
The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of defenseman Simon Despres.
Despres, 25, has been a stay-at-home defenseman (also known as a defensive defenseman) throughout his career. He's been good on the ice, but multiple concussions have kept him off of it. He played in just one game in 2016-17, and didn't get a point in that game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Despres in the first round (30th overall) in the 2009 NHL draft. They traded him to the Ducks at the 2014-15 trade deadline for defenseman Ben Lovejoy. But Despres played in just 49 games for Anaheim in his career, scoring just 10 points (one goal and nine assists). If you add his Penguin totals, Despres has scored 43 points (six goals and 37 assists) in 193 games for the two teams.
"I'd like to thank the Anaheim Ducks for a wonderful two and a half years. I wish my teammates all the best moving forward," Despres tweeted.
"Simon Despres is a good hockey player and a good person. But, in 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," GM Bob Murray said via Ducks twitter.
According to capfriendly.com, the buyout will last for eight years. His cap hit will start at $1.26 million in 2017-18, and decrease over the years. Despres was signed through 2020-21, with an AAV of $3.7 million.