NHL teams combined to use precisely one quarter of their allotted compliance buyouts during the 2013 window last month. As many as 45 players can still be subject to such a move when the second and final compliance buyout period runs in the early summer of 2014.
Odds are there will not be nearly that many. In fact, it will likely be less than the 15 who have already had their contracts and roster spots revoked for the sake of their team opening cap space or otherwise.
Even so, there are some teams who project to have no choice but to buy somebody out in advance of 2014-15. Some of those teams have a noticeable potential target, whether it is based on his swollen cap hit or his recent underachievement; others do not.
Here are five teams that may need to shed substantial cap space next summer and/or individuals who could be sacrificed for that purpose.
Unless otherwise indicated, all salary information for this slideshow was found via capgeek.com