Key dates for the 2021-22 NHL season
The 2021-22 regular season kicks off on October 12, with the Toronto Maple Leafs playing their first game against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, October 13.
The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held February 4-20, with the NHL taking a break from February 3-22 so players can compete for their country after reaching a deal with the NHLPA, IOC and IIHF .
From there, we didn’t have a good idea of ââthe key dates for the rest of the NHL season. Now we know.
The NHL trade deadline is March 21, 2022.
The NHL playoffs will begin on May 2, 2022 and end no later than June 30, 2022.
The 2022 NHL Draft will take place July 7-8, in Montreal.
The free agency of the NHL will open on July 13.
Key dates for the 2021-22 NHL calendar:
March 21: deadline for exchanges
May 2: Day 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
June 30: last possible day of the Stanley Cup playoffs
July 1: opening of the first buyback period
July 7-8: NHL Draft
July 12: End of the first buyback period
July 13: Opening of the free agency
– Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 27, 2021
If you count the days, the NHL regular season is active for 200 days (the Olympic break is counted), which means that NHL salaries will be paid daily as a fraction of that. This is important for tweens who receive a limited number of NHL salary days per year, but also for counting the accumulated cap space that can be used on the trade deadline, each salary day or day. ceiling space will be worth less than last year.
This season should last 200 days for the calculation of the caps, as the Olympic break (19 days) counts for the calculation of the team caps. That’s longer than the usual 186 days and 116 from last year.
Each day under the cap is worth less than last year, which means (continued)
– PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) September 11, 2021
Normally, NHL contracts carry over to the following year on July 1, as do their signing bonuses. With those happening again ahead of the first buyout window and the NHL Draft, this opens up the possibility for teams to pay big signing bonuses and make trades (or contract terminations) more lucrative for them.
Without any report, here are some signing bonuses that will be distributed next summer:
- Mitch Marner: $ 7.25 million ($ 16.8 million remaining over three years)
- Auston Matthews: $ 7.2 million ($ 8.725 million remaining over two years)
- John Tavares: $ 7.04 million ($ 16.81 million remaining over three years)
If this season goes like the last, the NHL Draft in Montreal will likely be one hell of a day.