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CRITICAL DATES TO REMEMBER THIS OFFSEASON

by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres
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MAY

IIHF World Championship
Preliminary round action continues through May 12, with the gold and bronze medal games set for Sunday, May 17 in Prague, Czech Republic.

CHL Memorial Cup
The champions of the Western, Ontario and Quebec leagues will faceoff with the host Quebec Remparts from May 22-31 in Quebec City, QC.

JUNE

June 1-6: NHL Draft Combine at HARBORCENTER

TBA: First buyout period begins; deadline for first club-elected arbitration (later of June 15 or 48 hours after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final)

June 17: Last possible day of Stanley Cup Final

June 24: NHL Awards (Las Vegas)

June 26: NHL Entry Draft, Round 1, (Sunrise, FLA)

June 27: NHL Entry Draft, Rounds 2-7, (Sunrise, FLA)

June 30: Deadline for tending qualifying offers to RFAs; first buyout period ends; and setting of upper/lower limits of 2015-16 salary cap

JULY

July 1: Free agency begins (12 p.m. ET)

July 5: Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET)

July 6: Deadline for second club-elected salary arbitration notification (5 p.m. ET)

July 15: Qualifying offers expire (5 p.m. ET)

July 20-Aug. 4: Salary arbitration hearings held

AUGUST

August 6: Deadline for salary arbitration decisions to be rendered

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