The second round of the 2013 NHL playoffs is already underway, but that doesn't mean that it's too early to turn an eye towards the offseason and focus on some trade rumors and buyout possibilities.
Things could get interesting after a Stanley Cup champion is crowned and the dust from this lockout-shortened season settles. Teams are allowed to buy out two players to become salary cap compliant, meaning that the list of free agents could grow on a daily basis, instead of shrinking like usual.
Needless to say, the 30 GMs around the league are going to be working hard for their pay this summer. The choices they make will have both long- and short-term impacts, and it'll be interesting to see who throws in the towel, who admits they signed bad contracts by using the buyouts, and who sticks to their guns.
Free agency will be all the rage, but there will also be teams looking to move valuable assets instead of letting them go for nothing.