The Sharks have waived forward Adam Burish for the purposes of buying him out, according a report from Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman. General manager Doug Wilson confirmed the report later on Friday.
Burish, who was also waived on November 23, 2014, reassigned to Worcester and then loaned to AHL Chicago, had one year remaining on his contract for $1.85 million. He will carry a salary cap hit of $616,667 for the next two seasons.
The buyout will cost the Sharks $1,233,333 – two-thirds what Burish was due.
It’s been assumed for months now that Burish had played his last game in San Jose, as the Sharks chose to quickly distance themselves from the 32-year-old early last season. Privately, the Sharks weren’t pleased with Burish’s attitude after he was made a healthy scratch in several games before he was waived.
Later, a report surfaced that Burish was not properly informed of the Sharks’ decision to place him on waivers, which was promptly denied by general manager Doug Wilson and Burish’s agent, Markus Lehto.
Burish signed a four-year, $7.2 million contract with the Sharks on July 1, 2012. He had three goals and six points in 81 games with San Jose, battling numerous injuries.
Burish is the second player to be bought out by the club in two years, after the Sharks dumped Marty Havlat last summer.