Capitals And NHL 2021 Offseason Calendar

As we get into the thick of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, more teams are going to be sent packing and preparing for next season. While there will not be much action on the ice, there will be plenty of action behind the scenes leading up to the start of training camp for the 2021-22 season. NoVa Caps provides a list of key dates on the horizon over the offseason.

Official Dates

Tuesday, June 1-Sunday, June 6 – 2021 NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo, New York

Saturday, July 17 – Deadline for Protection Lists for Expansion Draft (5 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, July 21 Expansion Draft for Seattle Kraken (8 p.m. ET)

Friday, July 23 – Round 1 of NHL Draft (virtual)

Saturday, July 24 – Rounds 2-7 of NHL Draft (virtual)

Tuesday, July 27 – Last day for pending unrestricted free agents to sign eight-year contract with club that holds their rights

Wednesday, July 28 – Un/restricted Free Agent signing period begins (12 p.m. ET)

Thursday, August 15 – Unrestricted Free Agency For NCAA Players Opens

Wednesday, September 22 – Targeted Capitals Training Camp Opening

Monday, October 12 – Targeted Opening Night Of 2021-22 NHL Regular Season

Example Dates (based on previous offseasons/adjustments to NHL calendar)

The following are example dates for other offseason events to provide an idea of the potential range/neighborhood of dates for other typical offseason events.

Monday, June 28 – 2021 Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

Tuesday, July 13 – Last possible day of Stanley Cup Final

Wedneday, July 14-Tuesday, July 27 – Buyout Period

Monday, July 19 –  2021 NHL Preseason Schedule Release

Wednesday, July 21 – NHL Home Openers Announced For 2021-22 Season

Thursday, July 22 – 2021-22 NHL Regular Season Schedule Release/GM Meetings/Deadline To Extend Qualifying Offers To Pending Restricted Free Agents At 5 PM ET

Monday, July 29-Saturday, August 3 – Capitals Development Camp

Sunday, August 1 – Deadline For Restricted Free Agents To File For Salary Arbitration At 5 PM ET

Monday, August 2 – Deadline For Teams To File For Salary Arbitration At 5 PM ET

Tuesday, August 17-Wednesday, September 1 – Salary Arbitration Hearings Held In Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, September 4-Tuesday, September 7 – Capitals Prospect Camp/Rookie Tournament in Estero, Florida

Tuesday, September 21 – Capitals Media Day/Physical Testing

Friday, September 24 – NHL Preseason Starts

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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