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NHL Calendar

Monday, 12.01.2008 / 11:20 AM / News

Associated Press

Dec. 19-27 - Holiday roster freeze in effect. No waivers, trades and loans permitted.

Dec. 26-Jan. 5 - IIHF World Under 20 Championship, Ottawa.

Jan. 1 - NHL Winter Classic 2009. Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks, Wrigley Field, Chicago.

Jan 22-26 - All-Star break.

Jan. 24 - NHL SuperSkills Competition, Montreal.

Jan. 25 - NHL All-Star Game, Montreal.

March 4 - Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST.

April 9-19 - IIHF Under 18 World Championship, Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn.

April 12 - Last day of 2008-09 regular season.

April 15 - Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.

April 24-May 10 - IIHF World Championship, Switzerland.

May 25-30 - NHL Combine, Toronto.

June 15 - Last possible day for Stanley Cup finals.

June 26-27 - NHL draft, Montreal.

July 1 - Free agency signing period begins.

July 5 - Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration.

July 6 - Deadline for club-elected salary arbitration.

July 10 - Deadline for eligible players to elect Group 5 free agency.

July 20-Aug. 4 - Salary arbitration hearings held.

Aug. 6 - Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered.

Quote of the Day

This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.

— Islanders captain John Tavares