Players may be unrestricted free agents

Five players -- Ottawa's Jonathan Cheechoo, Phoenix's Petteri Nokelainen and Jim Vandermeer, Florida's Ville Koistinen and Calgary's Ales Kotalik -- were put on waivers Monday.

If the players go unclaimed, they could be bought out of their contracts and become unrestricted free agents Thursday, when the free-agency period opens at noon ET.

Cheechoo, who won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 2005-06 after leading the league with 56 goals, scored five goals and added nine assists in 61 games this past season with the Senators.