An early waiver window was established to allow NHL teams to send players to the minors according to the National Post. Typically, teams are not able to waive players until 10 days before regular season starts--the first games are scheduled for Oct. 11 this year--but an exception was made due to the impending lockout. Teams have until midnight on Saturday to waive players on non entry-level contracts.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported via Twitter that nearly 60 players had already been placed on waivers:
The Hockey Insider's Bob McKenzie reported on various teams who have already taken advantage of the early waiver window:
https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/246286613733330944the two sides are still far apart.