This off-season NHL is shaped to be one of the busiest for years.
Ten days after Tampa Bay Lightning won the rematch of the Stanley Cup, every team except the Vegas Golden Knights must submit a protected and available list for the expansion plan on July 17.
The Seattle Kraken will form its starting lineup from this list on July 21st.
The NHL draft will be on July 23-24, with the Buffalo Sabers choosing first and Kraken second. The free service will start on July 28 amid a flat-rate salary cap.
Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Jack Eichel, Vladimir Tarasenko, Seth Jones and other big names could be in the trade.
Follow the big news out of season:
July 13: Wild buy out Parise and Suter
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed 13-year, $ 98 million, highly imaginative contracts in July 2012, but Wild is creating new players. The acquisitions will save money in the short term, but the team’s cost will recover the penalties for the next three seasons. Everyone becomes a free agent and has to find a role in another team.
CANADA:Dominique Ducharme was named coach after the playoffs
July 13: Pekka Rin retires
He had an award-winning career with the Nashville Predators, winning a Vezina Trophy, a King Clancy Trophy and a trip to the Stanley Cup final. Now he scored a goal. The Predators have to re-sign free agent Juuse Saros, who replaced Rinne as No. 1, and have to find a backup goalkeeper.
July 12: Duncan Keith negotiates with the Oilers
Edmonton takes 16-year-old veteran Keith and junior league coach Tim Soderlund and the Chicago Blackhawks take back defender Caleb Jones and a third-round promise in a plan that could become second depending on how Oilers and Keith reached the playoffs. Keith, who spent his entire career with the Blackhawks, wanted to be closer to his family in western Canada. Keith, who will be 38 next season, is no longer the player who won three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals and two Norris trophies, but plays more than 23 minutes per game and has league experience. Jones is Seth Jones’s younger brother. Does that give the Blackhawks a lead in getting the Blue Jackets defender? The money works after Keith’s trade.