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Key NHL Offseason Dates

The Stanley Cup Finals are over and it’s officially the offseason for the NHL, here are some key dates

2017 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

While Alexander Ovechkin is still partying it up, the rest of the NHL is getting ready for the offseason. The next few weeks are the busiest news time of the year in the hockey world. There’s a lot of player movement and some big names find themselves on new hockey clubs.

To make sure you don’t miss a thing the Buffalo Sabres or anyone in the NHL for that matter does this summer. Here are some key dates you’ll want to take note of:

  • Friday, June 15th 12:01 AM EST | first buyout window opens
  • Friday, June 22nd 7:00 PM EST | first round of the NHL Draft from Dallas, TX
  • Saturday, June 23rd 10:00 AM EST | rounds two through seven of the NHL Draft from Dallas, TX
  • Tuesday, June 26th | qualifying offers to restricted free agents deadline
  • Wednesday, June 27th | Saturday, June 30th | free agent “legal tampering” window
  • Saturday, June 30th 5:00 PM EST | first buyout window closes
  • Sunday, July 1st at 12:00 PM EST | free agency signing period begins

Buckle up and enjoy the offseason!