Compliance buyouts (sometimes referred to as amnesty buyouts) allow National Hockey League teams to buy-out a player's contract by paying him two-thirds of the remaining value of a contract over twice the remaining length of the contract. If the player is under 26 years old, then the team may pay the player just one-third of the remaining contract value. In ordinary-course buyouts the team's NHL salary cap hit for the player is stretched over a period of twice the remaining length of the contract. Compliance buyouts follow the same formula as ordinary-course buyouts but do not count against the cap.
Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, the salary cap was not to increase to the projected $70.2 million, so each team was therefore granted two compliance buyouts to be exercised after the 2012–13 season and/or after the 2013–14 season that would not count against the salary cap in any further year in order to better comply with a lower than expected cap value, regardless of the player's age. After using an compliance buyout on a player, that player is prohibited from rejoining the team that bought him out for one year; the NHL deemed that the re-signing of a player following a trade and a subsequent compliance buyout would be ruled as cap circumvention.
Following the 2012–13 NHL lockout each team was granted one accelerated compliance buyout in order for teams to meet the lowered salary cap. This could be used on a player with a salary cap hit of $3 million U.S. or more before the regular season began. If an accelerated compliance buyout is used, that team will only have one more compliance buyout left, and they must use it after the completion of the 2012-13 season (and before the start of 2013-14 season). The player's cap hit is applied in full to the team's salary cap for the 2012-13 season, but for no season after, regardless of contract length.
Available during the off-season in 2013 and 2014, amnesty buyouts begin 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In 2013, it began 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup, and ended on July 4, 2013. The second NHL compliance buyout period opened on June 16, 2014 and runs through June 30, 2014, with 26 teams having one or more compliance buyout available to be used.
List of Compliance Buyouts
|Buffalo Sabres||Leino, VilleVille Leino||June 18, 2014||6 years||$7,333,333|||
|Ehrhoff, ChristianChristian Ehrhoff||June 29, 2014||14 years||$12,000,000|||
|Calgary Flames||O'Brien, ShaneShane O'Brien||June 30, 2014||2 years||$1,466,667|||
|Chicago Blackhawks||Montador, SteveSteve Montador||June 27, 2013||4 years||$2,733,333|||
|Olesz, RostislavRostislav Olesz||June 27, 2013||2 years||$2,833,333|||
|Dallas Stars||Rome, AaronAaron Rome||June 17, 2014||2 years||$1,066,667|||
|Detroit Red Wings||Colaiacovo, CarloCarlo Colaiacovo||July 3, 2013||2 years||$1,900,000|||
|Tootoo, JordinJordin Tootoo||June 18, 2014||2 years||$1,333,333|||
|Edmonton Oilers||Belanger, EricEric Belanger||July 4, 2013||2 years||$833,333|||
|Florida Panthers||Jovanovski, EdEd Jovanovski||June 30, 2014||2 years||$2,666,667|||
|Minnesota Wild||Gilbert, TomTom Gilbert||July 3, 2013||2 years||$2,000,000|||
|Montreal Canadiens||Gomez, ScottScott Gomez1||January 15, 2013||3 years||$3,000,000|||
|Kaberle, TomasTomas Kaberle||June 28, 2013||2 years||$3,000,000|||
|New Jersey Devils||Hedberg, JohanJohan Hedberg||July 4, 2013||2 years||$933,333|||
|Volchenkov, AntonAnton Volchenkov||June 30, 2014||4 years||$5,666,667|||
|New York Islanders||DiPietro, RickRick DiPietro||July 3, 2013||16 years||$24,000,000|||
|New York Rangers||Redden, WadeWade Redden1||January 17, 2013||3 years||$3,333,333|||
|Richards, BradBrad Richards||June 20, 2014||12 years||$20,666,667|||
|Philadelphia Flyers||Briere, DanielDaniel Briere||June 26, 2013||4 years||$3,333,333|||
|Bryzgalov, IlyaIlya Bryzgalov||June 26, 2013||14 years||$23,000,000|||
|San Jose Sharks||Havlat, MartinMartin Havlat||June 27, 2014||2 years||$4,000,000|||
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Lecavalier, VincentVincent Lecavalier||June 27, 2013||14 years||$32,666,667|||
|Malone, RyanRyan Malone||June 25, 2014||2 years||$1,666,667|||
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Komisarek, MikeMike Komisarek||July 2, 2013||2 years||$2,333,333|||
|Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski||July 4, 2013||8 years||$14,333,333|||
|Vancouver Canucks||Ballard, KeithKeith Ballard||July 3, 2013||4 years||$5,600,000|||
|Booth, DavidDavid Booth||June 17, 2014||2 years||$3,166,667|||
|Washington Capitals||Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz||July 3, 2013||2 years||$2,000,000|||
- Accelerated compliance buyout
- NHL's compliance buyouts are similar to NBA's amnesty concept
- Larry Brooks: NHL deems re-signing players following a trade and subsequent amnesty buyout as circumvention of collective bargaining agreement - NYPOST.com
- Roose, Bill (June 18, 2014). "Red Wings place Tootoo on waivers". NHL.com. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- "LIGHTNING USE COMPLIANCE BUYOUT ON F MALONE". TSN.ca. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "CANUCKS PLACE BOOTH ON WAIVERS FOR EVENTUAL BUYOUT". Tsn.ca. The Canadian Press. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
- NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement reference: Section 50.5 (c-iii-A )(P. 205-208)