NHL key dates for the 2020-21 season



The start of the 2020-21 NHL season is in sight and the calendar is beginning to take shape.

While all dates are subject to change, it’s been widely reported that the NHL trade deadline is expected to be April 12. The NHL is aiming for the regular season to end by May 8, with the playoffs beginning three days later. The Seattle Kraken expansion draft is tentatively set for July 21. The 2021 NHL Draft is scheduled to take place from July 23-24 and free agency could open on July 28.

According to TSN, teams can begin asking players on Feb. 1 to waive no-move clauses for the purpose of exposing them to the expansion draft and have until July 13 to make such a request.

The Post’s Larry Brooks previously reported there’s a tentative agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players Association for a 56-game season beginning on Jan. 13, with training camps set to open on Jan. 3 for teams who were in the playoff bubbles. 

The seven teams who did not make the expanded 24-team playoffs – Red Wings, Senators, Devils, Sabres, Sharks, Kings and Ducks – are permitted to open camp earlier on Dec. 30.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, teams are permitted 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies in training camp.

NHL players opting out for non-medical reasons must do so by Dec. 24 if they’re on the seven teams starting camp early and Dec. 27 if their team starts Jan. 3. Players deemed high-risk for COVID-19 will be paid for the 2020-21 season, according to TSN.


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