Karl Alzner was placed on unconditional waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday for the purpose of a buyout.
The 32-year-old defenseman signed with the Canadiens on July 1, 2017, getting a contract worth $4.6 million annually.
After playing in 82 games in his first season with Montreal, Alzner had one assist in 13 games the past two seasons. He played most of that time for Laval of the American Hockey League and scored 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 87 games.
Alzner will become an unrestricted free agent when the signing period begins Oct. 9.
Selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (No. 5) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Alzner has scored 130 points (20 goals, 110 assists) in 686 regular-season games with the Canadiens and Capitals and 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 64 Stanley Cup Playoff games.