Friends, our pals at the National Hockey League have released their updated critical dates calendar for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
NHL/NHLPA signed off today on transition rules for '21-22 season, which incl. amended critical dates calendar. Most every contract deadline, including end dates, buyouts and no-trade clauses, has been bumped back a few days. (Contracts ending June 30 will now end July 12, etc). pic.twitter.com/7zFGL5IrVW
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) September 27, 2021
The NHL season will be 200 days long, running from Oct. 12 through Apr. 29. The trade deadline is on Mar. 21, a Monday, and an off-day before the Flames play the San Jose Sharks the following day.
Jarome Iginla’s birthday, July 1, is now the opening of the buyout window. The NHL Draft is July 7 & 8 – a Thursday and Friday – in Montreal. Free agency opens on July 13, a Wednesday.
And as mentioned previously, there’s a big gap in the schedule in February 2022 for the All-Star Break and the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.