Predicting the Future for 6 Likely NHL Buyout Candidates

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Predicting the Future for 6 Likely NHL Buyout Candidates
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Scott Gomez and Wade Redden have been bought out.

Those two players were albatrosses for the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers, respectively.

Thanks to an agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players' Association, NHL teams were able to accelerate the buyout process. Each team gets two buyouts before the end of the 2013-14 season and the Canadiens and Rangers have used one of theirs.

Once a player's contract is bought out, the player's cap hit will not count against the salary cap, according to legal analyst Eric Macramalla.

The 2013 buyout process had to be completed by Jan. 18, since the season officially starts Jan. 19.

However, teams are already considering buyouts for the future.

While much will depend on a player's performance in 2013, here's a look at six likely NHL buyout candidates.

(Salary figures and contract terms are courtesy of and

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