Friday, June 30 is the end of the first buyout period for NHL players. So when 12 p.m. on the East Coast rolled around, a lot of players were put on waivers for buyout purposes.
Elliotte Friedman had the full list of buyouts before the 5 p.m. deadline on Friday: Ryan Murphy and Lance Bouma from Calgary, Jimmy Hayes from Boston, Jussi Jokinen from Florida, Mark Stuart from Winnipeg, and Michael Cammalleri, and Devante Smith-Pelly from New Jersey.
There are a few big names on this list, including Devils alternate captain Cammalleri. The 35-year-old had 31 points in 61 games for New Jersey this year, but he has struggled with injuries, and that has kept him from having a full season of hockey in almost a decade.
Joining Cammalleri from the Devils is Smith-Pelly, who was acquired by New Jersey from Montreal before the trade deadline in 2016. The right winger had just nine points in 53 games for the Devils and has a career 77 points in 266 NHL games played.
Jokinen is also another big name and is kind of a surprise buyout from the Panthers. The 34-year-old left winger had 28 points in 69 games last season in Florida, a season removed from a 60-point year back in 2015-16. The forward can still produce for the Panthers, but Florida clearly deemed the money saved by buying out Jokinen more valuable, as they will save $2.7 million on their cap this year and next.
Calgary bought out Murphy just a day after acquiring him in a trade with Carolina that saw goaltender Eddie Lack move into the Flames’ fold. Murphy’s addition to the trade was likely what Calgary had to take on to acquire Lack. Bouma was also bought out by the Flames.
The NHL’s free agency period begins on Saturday at noon.