Luke Fox of Sportsnet: There has been some speculation that the NHL could consider teams being allowed to use a compliance buyout heading into next season. The NHLPA could need to sign off on allowing compliance buyouts.
A look at some potential compliance buyout candidates.
Loui Eriksson – Vancouver Canucks – two years left on his deal at a $6 million cap hit. Canucks may need the cap space to re-sign free agents.
Justin Abdelkader – Detroit Red Wings – three years left on his deal at a $4.25 million cap hit. Have other contracts coming off the books, but they could look at it as creating future cap space.
Brent Seabrook – Chicago Blackhawks – four years left on his deal at a $6.875 million cap hit. If still deemed injured during the buyout period, it may not be a possibility for the Blackhawks.
Milan Lucic – Calgary Flames – four years left on his deal at a $6 million cap hit. The Flames are still looking to contend and they don’t seem to have a problem with shedding mistakes.
Karl Alzner – Montreal Canadiens – three years left on his deal at a $4.625 million cap hit. Has spent the past two seasons in the AHL – only nine NHL games.
Andrew Ladd – New York Islanders – three years left on his deal at a $5.5 million cap hit. Almost traded to the Minnesota Wild at the deadline.
Kyle Okposo – Buffalo Sabres – three years left on his deal at a $6 million cap hit. His numbers have dropped for four consecutive seasons. Could the Sabres also consider getting out of Jeff Skinner‘s contract?
Sergei Bobrovsky – Florida Panthers – six years left on his deal at a $10 million cap hit. Could save the Panthers $11 million over the contract.
David Backes – Anaheim Ducks – one-year left on his deal at a $6 million cap hit. His salary is only $4 million and Ducks could keep Backes to help mentor younger players.