Zhitnik, Westcott bought out Staff

6/30/2008 12:36:30 PM

Alexei Zhitnik and Duvie Westcott are free agents. Both players cleared waivers Monday and were bought out by their teams.

The Atlanta Thrashers bought out Zhitnik after he had a disappoitning season. The 15-year veteran was acquired from Philadelphia for defenceman Braydon Coburn on Feb. 24, 2007. Last season, the Kiev, Ukraine native recorded three goals and five assists with a minus- 8 rating.

The 35-year-old Zhitnik was a 4th round selection, 81st overall, by Los Angeles in 1991.

Westcott was bought out by the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 23 games last season, the Winnipeg native posted one goal and three assists with a minus- 10 rating.