The Detroit Red Wings will have a chance to ease their payroll next week, and are likely to take advantage of the opportunity if they can’t work out any trades.

The window to use two compliance buyouts this summer opens 48 hours after the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs — either Wednesday or Friday — and closes July 4. Teams can also opt to save one, or both, compliance buyouts for next summer. Usually buyouts count against the salary cap, but these two are exempt, part of austerity measures designed to help clubs adjust to a salary cap which will drop $6 million to $64.3 million for 2013-14.

The No. 1 buyout candidate is Mikael Samuelsson, who was a non-factor this past season, felled by one injury after another. He has a year left at $3 million, money that could be well used toward funding a top-six forward.

There’s a hurdle, though: As of now, Samuelsson isn’t healthy, and that makes him ineligible for the buyout. General manager Ken Holland said earlier in the week that Samuelsson has been told by doctors in the past two weeks that surgery is not required for the latest injury, which involved a sore pectoral muscle/shoulder. The best the Wings can hope for is that Samuelsson heals in the next 10 days, though it doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to see that for the player, there would be motivation to fight against being cleared.