NHL Maple Leafs Off-Season Schedule
As the Leafs wrap up their season again before June, attention turns to the offseason. We have to prepare for some tough decisions, trade rumors, free agent rumors, contract talks and all of those things that were more fun before.
Today it starts with the draw. The lottery show airs at 7 p.m. live from the NHL Network studios in New Jersey. It will air on Sportsnet and NBCSN during playoff coverage.
The Leafs don’t have a first-round pick at all, let alone lottery picks, so we don’t really need to dig into how it works, and the two-step changes to the lottery. Sportsnet has the details.
Their list of ratings is:
1. Buffalo sabers: 16.6%
2. Anaheim ducks: 12.1%
3. Seattle Kraken: 10.3%
4. New Jersey Devils: 10.3%
5. Columbus Blue Jackets: 8.5%
6. Detroit Red Wings: 7.6%
7. Sharks from San José: 6.7%
8. Kings of Los Angeles: 5.8%
9. Vancouver Canucks: 5.4%
10. Ottawa Senators: 4.5%
11. Arizona Coyotes: 3.1%
12. Chicago Blackhawks: 2.7%
13. Calgary Flames: 2.2%
14. Philadelphia Flyers: 1.8%
15. Dallas Stars: 1.4%
16. New York Rangers: 1.0%
If the Coyotes win the lottery, there is a new draw because they had to give up their pick, so although those odds seem lower than normal because there are 16 teams, there are not 16 teams and the odds haven’t really changed. Clear? This is exactly how the NHL does things.
June and July dates
At Tuesday June 1 the rights expired for a multitude of drafted leads. The Maple Leafs had no expiring players, and the full roster is here:
Although many critical off-season dates 2020-21 have been brought forward, the “mandatory signing” of June 1 for some players is still in effect.
Here is the list of players each club must sign by 5 p.m. ET next Tuesday or else they will lose their exclusive signing rights. pic.twitter.com/hQCw6NKBtw
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The only player rights that expire for the Leafs this summer are James, aka JD, Greenway on August 15.
June 15 is the usual start of the first buyout window and RFA arbitration rights. This late June activity will be postponed until after the Stanley Cup Final in early July.
June 30th marks the end of the contract year, and this also applies to coaches and general managers in general. Many changes in the front offices will occur around this date.
July 13: Deadline for asking players to waive their no-move clause for the extension draft.
July 15th : Possible last day of the Stanley Cup Final.
24 hours after the Stanley Cup Final: The first buyback period begins and teams can choose wage arbitration on eligible tenders before 5:00 p.m. (all times are New York time).
July 16: Last day to waive a player before the extension draft, and the deadline for players to agree to waive their no-move clauses.
July 17: At 3 p.m., the freeze on trade and waivers of the expansion project begins. No NHL CPS can be signed during this time, except by Seattle for the draft.
July 17: Before 5 p.m., teams must submit protection lists for the extension draft.
July 18: The NHL must approve and distribute the protection lists to all NHL teams by 10 a.m. At that point, Seattle can begin interviewing the UFAs and RFAs who are available for selection.
July 21: Seattle must submit its expansion draft picks to the NHL by 10 a.m. They must also submit all SPCs for signed players, and the distribution of the pick list to the public will take place before 8 p.m.
22nd of July : The freeze on exchanges and exemptions and the signing moratorium are lifted at 1 p.m.
July 23 and 24: NHL Draft
July 26: Deadline for offers eligible for RFA.
July 27: RFAs can discuss the interest of other teams, but cannot sign a new SPC or a new offer sheet until the official signing period opens.
July 27: The first redemption period ends at 5 p.m.
July 28: Free Agency Day begins with the opening of the signing period at noon.
August: RFA negotiation and arbitration takes place this month and a second buyback period takes place for some teams after the arbitration ends. This is the period when the offseason will be compressed a bit to allow next season to start close to its normal schedule.
We used to have a summer full of hockey action. The World Junior Summer Showcase, the various hopeful tournaments and rookie camps all led to the training camp. There was never a month without hockey.
Last year the Leafs were invited to Traverse City, a tournament featuring a host of American NHL teams, where the prospects are playing in a much more serious way than the Leafs, Senators and Canadians have been doing this lately. This tournament never took place, of course, but it could be this year.
If not, there must almost be some sort of prospect activity for players who have been inactive, some all year. We should expect draft-eligible players and draft prospects to be involved in something after the NHL season is over for everyone.
There is still a good chance that the Women’s World Championships will also take place in the next two months.
We will of course keep you posted when we have confirmation of plans for this summer.