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2005-06 CRITICAL DATES

July 22 Board of Governors Meeting in New York
July 23 Compliance Buy-Out Period Begins
Period to Negotiate and Sign 2003 Draftees Begins
Period to Extend QOs Begins
Period to Negotiate with Own Club's RFAs/UFAs Begins
July 28 Deadline for Exercising Club Options/Player Options for 2005/06
Deadline for Signing 2003 Draftees/Deadline for Making Required BFOs
July 29 Deadline for Initiating Compliance Buy-Outs (5:00 PM Notice)
July 30 2005 Entry Draft
July 31 Deadline for Qualifying Offers
August 1 RFA/UFA Period Begins
August 5 Deadline for Election of Group 5 Free Agency
August 10 Player-Elected Salary Arbitration Notification
August 11 Club-Elected Salary Arbitration Notification
August 12 NHL/NHLPA to Schedule Arbitration Cases
August 15 Qualifying Offers Expire Automatically
August 22 First Day of Salary Arbitration Hearings
September 1 Last Day for Salary Arbitration Hearings
September 2 Last Day for Issuance of Salary Arbitration Awards
September 4 Last Day for Second Buy-Out Period [Only for Clubs with Salary Arbitration Cases] (Latest Day for Clubs Receiving Salary Arbitration Awards on September 2 to Exercise Second Buy-Out Option)
December 1 Signing Deadline for Group 2 Free Agents

Quote of the Day

For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.

— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday
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