Veteran defenseman James Wisniewski has been released from his PTO by Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning made the decision on Sunday as they trimmed their training camp roster from 52 players down to just 28 as they begin to make their final preparations for the new season. With seven defensemen already on the books, and restricted free agent winger Nikita Kucherov still to sign, it appears the numbers simply did not add up for Wisniewski in Tampa.
The 32-year-old was bought out by Carolina this summer, having played just 47 seconds for the Hurricanes last year after suffering a torn ACL during their season opener in Nashville. But while things did not work out with the Lightning, Wisniewski appears determined to continue his career.
Selected in the fifth round (156th overall) by Chicago in 2002, Wisniewski has featured in 552 career NHL games to date, representing the Blackhawks, Ducks, Islanders, Canadiens, Blue Jackets and Hurricanes over the course of eleven seasons. He has registered 53 goals and 274 points during that period.
In 24 play-off games he has one goals and seven points.
Last seasons injury was just the latest in a long line of health problems for Wisniewski, who is still considered to be a useful offensive defenseman when fit even if time and injury has seen him decline of late.
During his career, the Canton, MI native has missed time due to various knee problems, including surgery, a broken ankle, a broken foot and concussion as well as being suspended for a total of 13 games through his career.