Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has been granted a leave of absence by the club.
The NHL team did not list a reason for the move.
The Jets made the announcement just before the start of training camp.
The six-foot-five, 260-pound Byfuglien, 34, had four goals and 27 assists in 42 games last season.
Byfuglien has played 869 career NHL games.
The Canadian Press