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2018 Offseason Schedule

Expand the calendar below to see full details on each event. Major events, such as the NHL Draft and Free Agency, will be updated repeatedly. 

2018 Offseason Schedule

Draft-eligible players and prospects will compete in the 2018 Memorial Cup, a four-team, round-robin tournament held in Regina, Saskatchewan. The tournament will determine the winner of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). 

The KeyBank Center and HarborCenter, the home of the Buffalo Sabres, will again host the NHL Scouting Combine. From NHL.com

"The event, held annually in late May and early June, consists of player interviews, medical assessments and a series of physical fitness tests. All 31 NHL Clubs have the opportunity to conduct individual interviews with players in preparation for the NHL Draft."

Prospects must be signed within two years of being drafted by a club. If a player is unsigned, he may re-enter the draft or become an unrestricted free agent, depending on eligibility. 

If the 2018 Stanley Cup Final requires a winner-take-all seventh game, it will be played on Wednesday, June 13. 

First buyout period begins (or 48 hours after the completion of the Stanley Cup Final), also the deadline for first club-elected arbitration.

Pending unrestricted free agents may meet with potential new clubs, but may not sign until the opening of the signing period (July 1). 

The first buyout period ends and the deadline for setting the upper and lower limits of the 2018-19 salary cap arrives.

The deadline for restricted free agents who wish to take salary negotiations to arbitration.

The deadline for second club-elected arbitration for qualified, but unsigned restricted free agents. 

Qualifying offers extended to restricted free agents expire at 4 p.m. CT.

Teams and restricted free agents go before an arbitrator to have contract ruling issued. Contract may still be rejected or player and team can negotiate a long-term contract prior to the ruling.

Arbitrator will announce rulings on final team/player arbitration hearings.