The Buffalo Sabres used their second compliance buyout on defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, according to TSN.
Ehrhoff, who turns 32 on Friday, had seven years left on a 10-year, $40 million contract.
The Sabres also signed forward Ville Leino for six years and $27 million in 2011. They used their first compliance buyout on Leino earlier this month.
Ehrhoff led all Sabres defensemen with 33 points (six goals and 27 assists) but had a minus-27 rating last season. His best season came in 2010-11 when he had career highs with 14 goals, 36 assists and 50 points to help the Vancouver Canucks reach the Stanley Cup Finals.
In three seasons with Buffalo, Ehrhoff had 16 goals and 87 points. Ehrhoff has 69 goals and 244 assists in 692 NHL regular-season games with the San Jose Sharks, Canucks and Sabres and seven goals and 27 assists in 73 playoff games.