With the Stanley Cup Playoffs coming to a close in the next couple of weeks, the offseason madness will begin.
First up we'll have the prep for the NHL Draft and some restricted free agents being signed by their respective teams along with some possible shocking trades at the NHL Draft.
Before we get to July 1st, we'll see some guys get bought out around the league so team's can make some cap and roster space for a run at free agency. The buyout window begins one month from today, the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup is awarded and closes June 30 at 5 p.m. ET.
Luke Fox of Sportsnet put together his list of Top 10 Buyout Candidates, let's take a look:
Corey Perry/Anaheim Ducks: Once a dominant winger, Perry is breaking down and hasn't surpassed 20 goals since the 2015-16 season. The 34 year old has two years left on his contract with a $8.625million cap hit per season.
Scott Darling/Carolina Hurricanes: Darling turned an incredible couple of seasons as a backup in Chicago into a nice payday in Carolina. Unfortunately his time in Carolina has been a disaster and he's got two years left at $4.15million cap hit per season.
Justin Abdelkader/Detroit Red Wings: At 32 years old, Abdelkader doesn't seem like he has much juice left and Steve Yzerman might want to say goodbye. With four years left at $4.25million a season, it's probably a good idea to just walk away and let the forward get a fresh start somewhere else.
Milan Lucic/Edmonton Oilers: The once dominant forward looks like the game has passed him by. The 30 year old only has 16 goals in the last two seasons and carries a very heavy four years left at $6million a season and a full no movement clause, new GM Ken Holland might definitely feel the need to cut ties with the forward.
Andrej Sekera/Edmonton Oilers: The 32 year old defenseman has battled injuries the last couple of years and hasn't scored a goal since the 2016-17 season. With two years left and a $5.5million cap hit per season, it's hard to see Holland wanting to keep the blueliner around for next season.
Dion Phaneuf/Los Angeles Kings: Much like Lucic, it looks like Phaneuf doesn't fit into today's NHL especially at $7million a season. Phaneuf could be a valuable veteran depth defenseman on a much cheaper deal to an NHL team.
Karl Alzner/Montreal Canadiens: Alzner fits into the same category as Lucic and Phaneuf, however the big difference between Lucic, Phaneuf and Alzner is that Alzner spent the majority of last season in the AHL unlike Lucic and Phaneuf who still played in the NHL. The 30 year old has a very heavy three years left at $4.625million a season.
Brendan Smith/New York Rangers: Definitely not a part of the Rangers rebuild, GM Jeff Gorton likely won't mind at all saying goodbye to Smith and the two years left on his contract at $4.3million a season.
Ryan Callhan/Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning are up against the salary cap this summer and with only one year left at $5.8million a season it might make the most sense to just take the smaller cap penalty and say goodbye for the Lightning.
Loui Eriksson/Vancouver Canucks: Eriksson did an overseas interview blaming his struggles on the Canucks coach so it definitely looks like he's burned his bridge, unfortunately for the Canucks he's got three years left at a $6million cap hit a season.