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Key Dates for the 2021 NHL Offseason

Expansion Draft, NHL Draft, free agency highlight busy July

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The following are key dates on the calendar for the 2021 NHL offseason.

Mid-July: 2021-22 NHL schedule release

July 21: 2021 NHL Expansion Draft (Seattle), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

July 23: Round 1 of the 2021 NHL Draft, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

July 24: Rounds 2-7 of the 2021 NHL Draft, 11 a.m. (NHL Network)

July 28: Free agency opens, 12 p.m.

Mid-September: NHL Prospects Showcase in Tampa

Mid-Late September: Training camp begins

Sept. 28: 2021 preseason begins

Mid-October: 2021-22 regular season begins

All times Eastern. Some dates subject to change.

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