This is the topic where your releases and buyouts have to be announced
(or requested, in case of retiring/signing overseas players).
Specifics on 2012/2013 SIGNED OVERSEAS
Per i giocatori che sono andati/vanno in europa in questa off-season è necessario distinguere tra due casi:
quelli che ci vanno solo x via del lockout e che poi torneranno indietro quando la NHL riparte, e quelli che invece vanno x restarci.
Solo per questi ultimi è corretto permettere l'opzione 'signed overseas'.
Un criterio efficace per distinguerli è basarsi sul fatto che fossero o meno NHL free agents in questa off-season.
Esempio: Andrei Kostitsyn era RFA e ha firmato x tutto l'anno col Chelyabinsk, quindi ovviamente deve poter essere settato come 'overseas' da Claude Giroux.
Esempio contrario: Ehrhoff se ne è andato in Germania, ma non era NHL FA, x cui il suo contratto europeo prevede automaticamente una out-clause che lo termina nel momento in cui finisce il lockout. Anzer non può approfittarne x metterlo come 'signed overseas'.
Traducendo in regola e con maggiori specifiche:
If, when signing overseas during the 2012 off-season, the player was a NHL free agent (or was released by his NHL team), then he can be set as "signed-overseas/retired" on the league site. If his contract overseas is instead a lockout contract (gets terminated as soon as the NHL resumes) he is not eligible to have his Stanleit contract terminated.
If the NHL free agent signs in Europe after the NHL season starts, he won't be eligible for overseas status, just like previous seasons.
Also, if the NHL free agent is offered his stanleit contract after he signed overseas, he is not eligible to be set as 'signed overseas'.
Players erroneously set as signed-overseas will have that status removed as soon as possible should that become evident.
Here is a list of most players still signed to lockout contracts:
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=75388" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://www.eliteprospects.com/lockout.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
players appearing on any of those lists can not be set as signed/overseas
(sfortunatamente nessuna delle 2 liste è completa.. però messe insieme forse coprono tutti i giocatori)
Lastly, to cover the unlikely case of players under contract in the NHL that refuse/fail to come back from Europe straight away, their GM will have the chance to set them as IR as long as they stay in Europe.
They may also set them as OFS, but in that case they won't be able to reactivate the player till the end of the 2012/2013 season (playoffs included).
-- PLAYERS RELEASE --
As mentioned in the rulebook, there are two different kinds of release:
- Release of players still in the NHL
Releasing a NHL player you'll be able to take him off your roster total number of players (<50), but you will still have to pay his contract till its expiration.
"If a player goes through waivers untouched, his salary will still count against the cap whether he gets demoted to the farm team or released (even in the case later he gets signed as a FA by another team).
A player released before his contract is expired can not be signed as a FA by the same team (he will have to have played for another team before that will be possible again)."
To release a NHL player you need to place him on waivers and then (once he cleared) announce in this topic that he gets released instead of assigned to the farm.
You can only place players on waivers from the start of the FA session in September through June.
If you don't want to pay the full money left on a player's contract for the next seasons, you can buyout his contract. See below for options.
- Release during the off-season of a player retired or signed overseas
(available from May through october 11th)
By releasing before October 11th a player that belongs to this category, you'll be able to take him off your roster total number of players under contract (<50) AND off your cap total.
To release a retired/signed overseas player, you need to ask for permission in this thread...
"..reporting reliable link(s) that prove your claim to exercise the annulment right is legit. As soon as that's done (and approved), you can get his contract off your overall salary using the apposite tool "set retired" on the league site*; so if you release such player before (or during) the september free agency session, his corresponding cap room will become available for your biddings."
PLEASE NOTE that if you request and get the retired/signed-overseas status but you fail to set that player as retired/overseas on the league site within the start of the regular season, you'll be forced to pay him for the full season.
*Once you set the player as retired he gets instantly off your roster numbers (cap and total number of players under contract) even if he still appears in your roster. If the news of his departure/retirement will turn out to be false before october 4th, his salary will be added back to your cap. Otherwise he'll be released and become a free agent on october 5th.
-- BUYOUT --
To complete a buyout, you just need to announce it in this topic (the buyout tool is not available on the new site yet).
The player will be scratched from your roster and the correspondent cap hit (for the current and following seasons) applied to your team in the database.
- Regular season buyout
"To buy out a contract, you must not only pay out the existing contract for the current season; you also have to pay an additional 50% as well (1.5 times the existing contract) for the rest of the year.
Example: if Mike Modano is signed at $4M/3yrs, you would have to pay $6 to buy out Modano's contract during one of his first two seasons with your team.
Following the buy-out, the player will be off your roster (FA) and you'll regain his correspondent roster spot.
However, the following season his salary will still count against the cap:
for the 60% of its value if the following season was the 2nd year of a 3 years contract
for the 40% of its value if the following season was supposed to be the last year of his contract.
Our buyout deadline will be on the same day of the NHL's trade deadline.
After that, regular season buyouts will be back available next September and will count as occurred in the following season (-> the reduced wages will apply only after the end of that season)."
- Off-season buyout
Teams can complete buyouts during the off-season as well, albeit under different terms.
These are the terms decided for this season (available from now till october 7th 18.00 cet):
1yr left: 2/3 of the salary to be paid
2yrs left: 2/3 of the salary to be paid in both years
3yrs left (applies only to 4yrs long entry draft contracts): 2/3 of the salary to be paid for the first 2 yrs, 1/3 to be paid for the last yr (the 4th) of the contract.
3yrs left (applies to 3yrs long contracts signed in the same off-season): 2/3 of the salary to be paid for all the 3 yrs of the contract.
The resulting numbers get rounded down to the closer decimal.
Ongoing buyouts effects
James Sheppard ($ 0.5) at 0.3 for 1 year.
Steve Downie ($ 1.4) at 0.9 for 1 year
=> cap shrinkage = 1.2M for the 2016/2017 season