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.