June is going to be a very busy month for the New York Islanders with the Expansion Draft and the Entry Draft all happening in quick succession of each other. So here are some key dates for you to remember as you plan your summer.
Are you ready for summer New York Islanders fans? Great! But not so fast. The NHL ain’t done with you yet. There’s still the NHL Expansion Draft and the NHL Entry Draft to conduct before we can tie a bow on the 2016-17 season.
Both are going down this June. And withing a week of each other. It’s going to be a week of absolute madness. So to make sure you don’t miss any of it here are some important dates to remember.
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June 12th: Last day for clubs to ask players to waive their no-trade clause (unless they’re Nashville or Pittsburgh). For the Islanders that means Garth has four days to see if Andrew Ladd or Johnny Boychuk have an interest in going to Vegas.
June 15th: The buyout window opens. There aren’t any players that need to be bought out on the Isles roster. Unless Garth needs a bunch of cap space now and is willing to take a smaller cap hit over a number of years afterward.
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June 17th: Expansion draft begins! Oh, and teams are now subject to a waiver freeze. No players can be sent to waivers, except for Vegas. Teams also have to submit their protected lists to the NHL on this date.
June 18th: We get to see who Garth Snow and his thinktank value and who they feel is expendable. On June 18th, protected lists and exposed players will be revealed to the public. This is also the opening of Vegas’ own three-day RFA/UFA wooing period.
June 21st: The selections are in. The Vegas team will be revealed to the public during the NHL Awards Ceremony.
June 23rd-24th: Everyone goes to Chicago for the NHL Entry Draft. Round one goes on the 23rd while rounds two through seven will happen on the 24th. Hopefully, this is the day that Garth Snow trades for that top line winger or number two center.
If you thought the NHL would just let you go to that patio to enjoy cold beers on a warm day with friends, or escape for some summer camping this June, think again. The NHL isn’t done just yet.