NHL Free Agency 2013: Players in Desperate Need of a Change of Scenery

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NHL Free Agency 2013: Players in Desperate Need of a Change of Scenery
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The deadline for NHL teams to issue a compliance buyout passed on Thursday afternoon, leaving a total of 14 players with an inevitable change of scenery for when they resurface on a roster.

Elsewhere, there was no buyout necessary, as his contract was already expiring, but Ryan Whitney is bound to get his much-needed exit from Edmonton. Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish unmistakably indicated as much at the end of this past season, as was recounted by Edmonton Journal reporter Bruce McCurdy.

There are, however, other pending unrestricted free agents who can still be re-signed by their latest employers, even though that would not be their most ideal arrangement.

In most cases, that is because they are getting or project to get the cheap end of a gridlock at their position on the roster in question. These players will thus serve themselves better by landing a new contract with a new franchise and fulfilling mutual needs for the employer and employee.

As early as Friday of this week, any of the following individuals can begin to formally explore a better option for the 2013-14 season onward.

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