ONE: I think most of the younger actors will try to be active in pilot season. If anyone actually lands a pilot, it'll be the worst actor among them. But hey, bye bye Ben! His show (CW, of course) will be quickly cancelled.
TWO: One or two actors will get poached by another soap. Perhaps one vet, like Galen, and then another who will return to a role they had previously. (I'm thinking Lindsay Godfrey going back to B&B even though her character there is dead.)
THREE: I think most of the vets care more about working than salary. Not that they don't want to be paid. They do but as long as they can live on the salary DOOL will pay, they'll work. I also think there will be fewer contracts.
FINALLY: I think this is all being done for a potential move to Peacock, NBC's streaming service. I don't know if it'll happen next year but Corday might be trying to get his ducks in a row to make the switch easier.