The season is over and now the offseason for the NHL is very short. Everything is condensed into about 3 weeks. Let’s look at what is going on this summer in the National Hockey League.
All times are Central time.
Wednesday, June 20 (noon): 2018-19 home openers released
Wednesday, June 20 (7 p.m.): NHL awards show from Las Vegas
Thursday, June 21 (4 p.m.): 2018-19 NHL regular-season schedules released
Friday, June 22 (6 p.m.): First round of NHL draft from Dallas
Saturday, June 23 (9 a.m.): Rounds 2-7 of NHL draft from Dallas
Sunday, June 24 (11:01 p.m.): The unrestricted free agent “interview period” begins, where pending UFAs may speak to teams that do not hold their rights. However, they cannot sign a contract until July 1.
Monday, June 25 (4 p.m.): Qualifying offers to restricted free agents deadline. Teams must tender qualifying offers to their restricted free agents to retain their rights. Any potential RFAs that do not receive an offer become a UFA.
Tuesday, June 26: The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee will announce the class of 2018 inductees.
Tuesday, June 26 (11:01 p.m.): RFA “interview” period begins, where qualified RFAs may discuss offer sheets with other teams. They cannot sign until July 1.
Saturday, June 30 (4 p.m.): First buyout window closes
Sunday, July 1 (11 a.m.): Free agency begins
Tuesday, July 5 (4 p.m.): Arbitration deadline for players to notify the NHL.
Friday, July 6 (4:01 p.m.): Second club window for arbitration
Sunday, July 15 (4 p.m.): Qualifying offers expire
Wednesday, Aug. 15 (4 p.m.): College-drafted players who have left school must sign or they’ll become UFAs.