Key Dates Ahead For The Washington Capitals 2023 Off-season

The Washington Capitals 2022-23 season wrapped less than a week ago, but we are already looking ahead and preparing for the 2023-24 season (Our 10th year here at NoVa Caps!). Here are a few of the (known) key dates for the upcoming off-season ahead

2023 NHL Entry Draft

  • Draft Lottery – Monday, May 8, at NHL Network’s Secaucus, N.J., studio. The event will be broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. The Capitals currently sit 8th seed, with a 6% chance of winning hit efirst overall pick. [MORE HERE]

  • NHL Entry Draft – The 2023 NHL Entry Draft will be the 61st NHL Entry Draft, held on June 28–29, 2023, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Scouting Combine

  • 2023 NHL Scouting Combine will run from Sunday, June 4 to Saturday June 10 in Buffalo, New York.

NHL Awards

  • 2023 NHL Awards will be held on Monday, June 26 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Restricted Free Agents (RFA)

  • Qualifying Offers: By rule, Qualifying Offers must be provided to a restricted free agents (Alex Alexeyev, Martin Fehervary, Kody Clark, Riley Sutter and Henrik Borgstrom) by the later of the Monday after the Entry Draft or June 25. In this case, the Monday after the draft, which is July 3.
  • A Qualifying Offer cannot actually be accepted before July 1.  If a Qualifying Offer is not accepted, it expires by July 15 unless extended in writing by the team.  [MORE HERE]

Free Agency

  • For the first time since 2019, the NHL’s annual free-agent market will open July 1 at noon ET. Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA’s) (Craig Smith, Conor Sheary, Matt Irwin, Connor Brown, Carl Hagelin, Garrett Pilon (UFAG6), Mike Sgarbossa, Mike Vecchione, Dylan McIlrath, Bobby Nardella, Zach Fucale and Hunter Sheaprd) can begin meeting and interviewing with all teams on the day after the Entry Draft (or June 25 at the latest). [MORE HERE]

2023-24 Washington Capitals Schedule

  • The league typically releases schedule by the first week of July.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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11 Responses to Key Dates Ahead For The Washington Capitals 2023 Off-season

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Greetings folks! Just a quick note, if you haven’t done so already, please consider subscribing to NoVa Caps posts in the “subscribe” box located in the upper right corner. Thank you!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t realize that Pilot was already a UFA, crazy how time flies

  3. novafyre says:

    When will we get the final number for next year’s salary cap?

  4. novafyre says:

    The Sporting News listed some HC candidates including two mentioned in NovaCaps:

    Spencer Carbery, Maple Leafs assistant coach
    One of the hottest up-and-coming coaches is Carbery, currently an assistant on the Maple Leafs coaching staff. The 41-year-old was hired in 2021 to help take Toronto’s power play to the next level, which he certainly has. The Maple Leafs have finished the last two seasons top-two in the league in power play success. Carbery previously coached the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, as well as the AHL’s Hershey Bears, where he was named 2021 Coach of the Year.

    Ryan Warsofsky, Sharks assistant coach
    Warsofsky is on the fast track to becoming an NHL head coach. He’s only 35 years old, but Warsofsky was considered a finalist for the Sharks’ head coaching job in the 2022 offseason. San Jose chose David Quinn instead, but Quinn brought him onto his staff as an assistant. In 2021-22, Warsofsky became the youngest head coach since Laviolette in 1999 to win an AHL championship, leading the Chicago Wolves to a 2022 Calder Cup victory. Not many coaches at his age get a head coaching gig, but Warsofsky could very soon get that title.

    • Prevent Defense says:

      The 15 April 23 issue of <> (we’re supposed to avoid posting URLs, right?) has a long-list of possible coaching replacements for Brad Larsen at CBJ. Ed Francis author.

      Peter Laviolette is on the list along with Vigneault, Julien and several other well-known veterans. Lists a bunch of NHL Assistants obviously looking for a promotion. Interesting list. Probably those not on the list are most interesting. Curious to hear how y’all react to the list

      • Prevent Defense says:

        First Ohio Battery is the website

      • novafyre says:

        Don’t know what their management is looking for but to me they are a bunch of old men. I agree with Leach, but the others don’t excite me. Interesting that no Carbery or Warsofky. I have seen not-team-specific top 5 or top 10 lists that impressed me more.

        But as I said, after Torts and Larson I really don’t know what they want. I wouldn’t want this list for the Caps.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I thought Vechione inked a 2 year deal with Hershey starting next year.

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