The NHL clarified some of the upcoming important dates for the offseason today.
Beginning of free agency (Oct. 9) fell on the same day as Day 1 of the draft, so one or the other had to be moved. As @coreypronman said, Oct. 6 and 7 it is. Evening of the 6th, during the day on the 7th. Free agency on the 9th. https://t.co/Rg1a2P3VNF— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 8, 2020
Other things to keep in mind, all clauses to contracts that were slated to begin on July 1st, the traditional start of a new league year, are now slated to kick in 10/9 on the start of free agency. Most noteworthy would be Jacob Trouba’s no movement clause going into effect.
This also means teams will have precious little time between what they do on the draft floor and preparing for free agency. It should be a pretty jam packed week regardless.