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Matt Cooke placed on waivers by Wild; buyout coming? (Puck Daddy)

The NHL’s buyout period began on Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET and runs until 5 p.m. ET June 30th. One player who won’t be getting bought out? Vincent Lecavalier of the Philadelphia Flyers . One who likely will be is Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild. Via TSN’s Ryan Rishaug and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman , Cooke has been placed on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract, which he is owed $3 million. As War on Ice’s contract tool shows, if Cooke clears waivers, he’ll be paid $1 million in each of the next two seasons. The Wild will then have a $500,000 cap hit next season and a $1 million cap hit in 2016-17 on their books due to the buyout.  Cooke has spent the last two seasons in Minnesota, with the 2014-15 campaign being one to forget. He limited to only 29 regular games due to injury and will turn 37 in September. According to Mike Russo of the Star Tribune , Wild GM Chuck Fletcher had been shopping Cooke with the draft approaching next week. – – – – – – – Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY: