NHL free agency 2017: Ducks will reportedly buy out Simon Despres contract to chase Cam Fowler extension

Anaheim pays now to free room for a long Fowler deal.

If the Anaheim Ducks want to keep defenseman Cam Fowler long-term, they’ll need to shed some salary.

That apparently means oft-injured Simon Despres will come off the books. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Friday the Ducks placed Despres on waivers in order to initiate a contract buyout. Today was the last day to buy-out a player before the expansion draft.

Despres just finished the first year of a five-year, $18.5 million...

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