Clayton Stoner’s tenure with the Anaheim Ducks could be over as the team placed the defenseman on waivers Thursday.
Stoner has two years remaining on the four-year, $13 million contract he signed prior to the 2014-15 season and is slated to receive $3.25 million in each. Should he be claimed by Friday, the Ducks would save $950,000 toward their salary cap.
A physical force on the blue line, Stoner also could be assigned to San Diego of the American Hockey League, but Anaheim still would be on the hook for his entire salary in that scenario.
Stoner was limited to 50 games last season due to injuries. He recorded one goal and five assists while posting a plus-4 rating and collecting 67 penalty minutes.
The 31-year-old Stoner registered one tally and seven assists over 69 contests in his first campaign with the Ducks. He scored a career-high two goals with Minnesota in 2010-11 and notched a personal-best 10 assists with the Wild two seasons later.
A native of British Columbia, Stoner was selected by Minnesota in the third round of the 2004 draft. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder has recorded six goals, 39 assists, 431 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating in 346 career games with the Wild and Ducks.