Now that the Stanley Cup has been awarded, a flurry of activity is expected to grip the NHL, culminating on July 5 the first day of unrestricted free agency.
Forty-eight hours (Wednesday) after the league crowned its champion, teams will be able to utilize their compliance buyouts. They'll have the option of using both, one or none of their buyouts through July 4.
A good indication of which players are going to be bought out will be the NHLs waiver wire. In order to buy out a player, he must clear waivers first. This is a mere formality; no NHL team likely will claim a player off waivers and be on the hook for his entire contract when that player probably will be bought out and become a free agent.
Teams can already waive players; however, if a player is put on waivers, it doesn't automatically mean he's going to be bought out.
If that isn't enough excitement and confusion, the NHL Draft is Sunday in New Jersey, where all seven rounds will completed in one day.
This draft cou...