NHL free agency 2019 Tracking the initia

By Harry Sandhu February 23, 2022

NHL free agency’sjust around the corner, but that doesn’t mean teams are sitting idle.

The league’s initial buyout period began on June 15, meaning teams can shed unwanted contracts and players in order to free up cap space before the official start of free agency on June 30.

Last offseason, eight players had their contract bought out, and in 2017, 14 players were shown the door by their respective teams.

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Sporting News is keeping track of all the players getting bought out during free agency below.

Andrew MacDonald, Patrice Bergeron Jersey D, Philadelphia Flyers

MacDonald had one year remaining left on his contract Bobby Orr Jersey and the Flyers were expected to take a $5 million cap hit in 2019-20. He posted nine a sists and failed to find the back of the net in 47 games this year.

Dion Phaneuf, D, Los Angeles Kings

Phaneuf was acquired by the Kings from Ottawa back during the 2017-18 season. The 34-year-old had two years left on his contract and LA was expected to take a $7 million cap hit in each of the next two seasons before the buyout. The 13-year veteran mustered a mere six points (1-56) in 67 games in 2018-19.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks

Perry Brad Marchand Jersey had two years left on his deal and Anaheim was due to take a $8.625 million cap hit in each of the next two seasons. The 33-year-old is seven seasons removed from winning the Hart trophy back in 2011. He played in just 31 games for the Ducks this season due to injuryscoring six goals and tallying 10 points.

Roberto Luongo, G, Florida Panthers

After 19 seasons, Luongo decided to hang up his skates with three years left on his 12-year deal. The 40-year-old was going to generate a $5.33 million cap hit each of the next three seasons.

Patrick Marleau, C, Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina decided to part ways with Marleau five days after trading for him from Toronto to avoid a $6.25 million cap hit. The 39-year-old notched 37 points (16- Nick Holden Jersey 2137) in 82 games last season.

Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Dallas Stars

Dallas decided to buy out the final year of Nichushkin’s contract to clear $2.25 million in cap space. Nichushkin, who went 10th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft,couldn’t find his footing with the Stars and had no goals and 10 points in 57 games this season after opting to play in the KHL in 2017-18. Over his four-year NHL career he has recorded 23 goals and 74 points in 223 games.