Montreal buys out Audette's contract
Audette, 34, was signed through next season and was slated to earn $3 million in the 2004-05 campaign. Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey didn't release terms of the buyout.
The Quebec native had three goals and five assists in 23 games and was often a healthy scratch from the Montreal lineup this season. In 90 regular-season games with the Canadiens, Audette had 15 goals and 22 assists. He was placed on waivers Monday but no NHL team put in a claim for him.
Audette, who also played for Buffalo, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas, scored a career-high 34 goals in the 2000-01 season while with . His most productive season was 2000-2001 when he scored 34 goals in 76 games for Atlanta and Buffalo.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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