"He will bring valuable leadership and help our young defensemen build character and be successful NHL players, as Francois has been in his career," Murray said. "We feel Francois still has a lot to give, and his passion and drive to win is unquestioned."
"Simon Despres is a good hockey player and a good person," Murray said in a statement. "But at this point in time, we feel it is in the best interests of both Simon and the organization to part ways. We wish him the very best in the future."