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Every important NHL offseason 2017 date until free agency on July 1

Don’t get caught unaware as the NHL’s offseason rolls on.

The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, explained

Still wondering how the NHL Expansion Draft will work? Let us explain.

Posted by SB Nation NHL on Thursday, June 1, 2017

The NHL offseason is officially in full swing now that the expansion draft and entry draft have passed us by with very little fanfare.

This year, there have been a lot more moving parts thanks to the inclusion of the Vegas Golden Knights as the NHL’s 31st team. The expansion is the NHL’s first since 2000, but now that the meat of the offseason has come and gone, what’s next for the NHL?

Glad you asked! Thanks to the team at CapFriendly, we have a schedule in this busy time. For your convenience, here’s every important date you need to know leading up to the expansion draft and free agency on July 1.

NHL dates of interest through July 1

Date (All 2017, EST) Deadline/Event
Date (All 2017, EST) Deadline/Event
June 12 Deadline for formal requests of players to waive NTCs or NMCs for the purpose of protection lists
June 15 Deadline for first club-elected salary arbitration
June 15 NHL first player buyout period opens
June 17, 5 p.m. Expansion draft protection list submission
June 18, 10 a.m. Expansion draft protection lists released to the public
June 18-21 Vegas can negotiate and sign UFAs and unprotected RFAs
June 21, 10 a.m. Vegas submits player selections
June 21 Vegas team released to the public during NHL Awards ceremony
June 23-24 NHL Entry Level Draft
June 25-30 UFAs may speak to other teams, but not sign new contracts until July 1
June 25, 5 p.m. Deadline for qualifying offers
June 26 RFAs may speak to other teams, but not sign new contracts or offer sheets until July 1
June 30, 5 p.m. First buyout period ends
June 30 Setting of upper and lower limits
July 1, 12 p.m. NHL Free Agency

Now, after the expansion draft and the entry draft, the normal offseason pattern has set in with July 1 being the start of free agency. It’s a lot to take in, and things have already been set in motion. While we know what Vegas’ roster will mostly look like, there’s still rumblings that the Golden Knights will deal or add a few more players before or after July 1.

So, don’t get caught unaware. Memorize this schedule for the next few weeks. Or, just check back when needed to see what the NHL has in store for us all.