The Definitive Guide to the 2013 NHL Offseason

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The Definitive Guide to the 2013 NHL Offseason
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL offseason has officially begun following the conclusion of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final, and there are several reasons why this will be a busy summer for teams.

With the salary cap going down about $6 million for the 2013-14 season because of the new collective bargaining agreement, a number of teams will make or ponder certain moves, such as buyouts and trades, to fit under the cap ceiling. According to Capgeek, there are currently 10 teams with a cap payroll of $57 million or higher.

As players get bought out, the class of unrestricted free agents will get stronger, which will make the summer a little more exciting because the current crop of UFAs is pretty weak compared to last year.

Let's take a look at a definitive guide to the 2013 NHL offseason with everything you need to know.

Note: All salary and contract information via Capgeek.

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