Wild owner Craig Leipold has always hated buying out players.

He says he has viewed it as an easy, lazy way for a general manager to correct a mistake.

But with the Wild bumping up against the NHL's salary cap, which drops about $6 million for all teams starting with the 2013-14 season, his position has softened.

"Buyouts are different now," Leipold said Friday, two days before the NHL draft. "I'm looking at it as more a part of our system."

The Wild have just less than $4 million in cap space with their current roster. And that's before filling out the full team, which likely means signing several new forwards and defensemen.

To fill out their roster, the Wild first need to shed salaries. They hope to do that through trades. Cal Clutterbuck and Tom Gilbert are being shopped by Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher, a source said.

If Fletcher can't find a partner, the Wild likely would use a compliance buyout to get rid of a salary. Because the new collective bargaining agreement has shrunk the cap, teams are permitted two compliance buyouts, which erase a player's cap hit from the roster. Teams have until July 5 to use compliance buyouts.