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Key Dates for the NHL Moving Forward

TSN’s Frank Seravalli have posted all of the important dates for the NHL will be moving forward. From the start of training camps to free agency and the beginning of next season,

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A few reporters, including TSN’s Frank Seravalli have posted all of the important dates for the NHL will be moving forward. From the start of training camps to free agency and the beginning of next season, he’s detailed all the key dates to pay attention to.

The dates are as follows:

  • July 10 – Beginning of training camp
  • July 24 – Travel to hub cities
  • July 25 – Beginning of exhibition games
  • July 31 – Beginning of qualifying round
  • Aug. 9 – Beginning of Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Aug. 23 – Beginning of Second Round
  • Sep. 6 – Beginning of Conference Finals
  • Sep. 20 – Beginning of Stanley Cup Final
  • Oct. 2 – Last possible day of Stanley Cup Final
  • Oct. 6 – 2020 NHL Entry Draft
  • Oct. 9 – Opening of free agency
  • Nov. 17 – Beginning of training camp for 2020-21 season
  • Dec. 1 – Beginning of 2020-21 regular season

Seravalli makes sure to note that these dates can change — as we’ve already seen with the start of training camp pushed back to July 13 — but that the NHL will try to stick to these dates as closely as possible.

Related: NHL Has a Schedule Set For Play-in and Playoff Games

Conditional Trade Updates

Seravalli also notes that the NHL has not made a final decision on how trade conditions will be met for certain deals that affect teams like the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

In the Milan Lucic / James Neal trade, a later pick was included if certain goal totals were met but the stats were not prorated for the shorter regular season. It was then thought that teams could work out their own deals.

Now, it appears teams can make arguments for those conditions and the NHL would examine them on a case-by-case basis. Seravalli says the NHL plans to develop process for clubs to make arguments and be heard by an arbitrator.

Related: Chris Pronger Leaving the Panthers and the NHL To Pursue Other Interests

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