Every NHL Team's Blueprint for Using the Compliance Buyout

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Every NHL Team's Blueprint for Using the Compliance Buyout
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When the NHL and NHLPA came to an agreement on a new CBA, they came to terms on a compliance buyout clause that would allow teams to buy out a total of two contracts like Scott Gomez's and Wade Redden's between 2012-13 and the start of the 2014-15 season.

With that in mind, how should each team use its compliance buyouts?

In the case of Gomez and Redden, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers used the accelerated buyout clause that was only available prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, but every other team can use their two buyouts over the next two summers.

There is nothing that says a team needs to use these buyouts, because in certain situations it would not make sense because of how the salary cap is constructed for certain teams.

Additional teams with "bad contracts" could be better served using the new clause in the CBA that allows team to retain 50 percent of a cap hit through a trade. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Here is a blueprint for how each team could use its compliance buyouts.

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