Just because the Stanley Cup has been awarded doesn't mean the end credits have rolled on the 2013-14 NHL season.
There are a number of big events coming in the next few weeks that will go a long way toward deciding which team is the final one standing a year from now.
The hard work started Monday when the window opened for teams to offer compliance buyouts to players. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams were given two special buyout provisions that allow them to buy out a player's contract while not having it count toward the salary cap. And those compliance buyouts only could be used following the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.