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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

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres