Panthers Buy Out Jozef Stumpel SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today that they have bought out the remaining one year on the contract of C Jozef Stumpel. Stumpel, 35, appeared in 52 games for the Panthers last season, recording 20 points (7-13-20) with a minus-11 rating and 10 PIM. In three seasons with Florida, Stumpel played in 199 games scoring 129 points (45-84-129). ~~~~ Isles Buy out Shawn Bates The New York Islanders have placed forward Shawn Bates on waivers with the intention to buyout the remaining season of his contract with the organization. A member of the team since the 2001-02 season, Bates finishes his Islanders career playing in 320 games and scored 58 goals with 112 assists for 170 points. "We felt this move is the most beneficial for both the team and for Shawn going forward into next season," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. "Shawn scored some memorable goals for the organization and was a great teammate. Although we are going in separate directions, we want to thank him for his contributions as an Islander." Last season, Bates missed all but two games while recovering from groin/sports hernia and hip injuries. He was scoreless in those contests. Bates' best season as an Islander came in 2001-02 when he recorded career bests 17 goals and 35 assists for 52 points. His most memorable moment as an Islander came in Game Four of the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when he scored a game-winning penalty shot goal against Toronto at the Nassau Coliseum to tie the series. The 33-year old Bates finishes his career as the franchise's 43rd all-time scorer with 170 points and sixth in franchise history with 13 short-handed goals. ~~~~ Ducks Waive Bertuzzi The Anaheim Ducks are parting ways with Todd Bertuzzi, as the club has placed the veteran winger on waivers. Bertuzzi was reunited with Ducks general manager Brian Burke last summer after signing a two-year, $8-million deal. full story ~~~~ Leafs Waive Wellwood and Raycroft The Toronto Maple Leafs took another step toward rebuilding on Tuesday, placing forward Kyle Wellwood and goaltender Andrew Raycroft on waivers. If Wellwood is claimed on waivers, his new team could retain his rights by giving him a qualifying offer and he would not become a free agent. If Raycroft is claimed, the new team would pick up his contract and salaryFull Story ~~~~ *Wellwood claimed by Canucks* Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the club has claimed centre Kyle Wellwood off of waivers. Wellwood joins the Canucks after spending four seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wellwood, 25, played 59 games with the Maple Leafs last season, recording eight goals and 13 assists (8-13-21). He played his first NHL game in 2003-04 and in 189 career games has scored 31 goals, adding 77 assists (31-77-108) and 14 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 180 lbs. native of Windsor, Ontario, was selected by Toronto in the 5th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.