Sabres captain Craig Rivet, who hasn't played since Jan. 11, requested a trade this week, but General Manager Darcy Regier was unable to move the defenseman. In order to give Rivet a chance to catch on with another team, Regier waved the 36-year-old today.
Teams have until noon Thursday to claim Rivet, who is in the final year of a contract that pays him $3.5 million. Regier said he will further discuss options for Rivet on Thursday if no one claims the captain.
Regier insisted the move was done because of Monday's approaching trade deadline and was not part of new owner Terry Pegula's pledge of no financial restraints. For the full audio of Regier's chat, click below.