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Islanders: Key Dates For The 2021 NHL Season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: A general view of the ice surface and the New York Islanders logo prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: A general view of the ice surface and the New York Islanders logo prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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With the season expected to start on January 13, we received some key dates for the NHL. Here’s how that impacts the Islanders in 2021.

New York Islanders hockey is so close, we’re just over three weeks away from the 2021 season getting started and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This morning, we got some more insight to what to expect this year.

With the schedule not quite ready just yet, we still got the outline of what to expect this upcoming year around the NHL.

According to NHL Insider, Pierre LeBrun we now have dates for the trade deadline, end of the regular season, the expansion draft, NHL draft, and free agency for 2021.

As expected, the NHL regular season is set to get underway on January 13. That’s slightly over three weeks away, and as we know many Islanders players and prospects from around the world have begun to make their way back for the quarantine protocols.

Three months into the 56 game NHL season, we have the trade deadline on Monday, April 12. Just over three weeks later the regular season is set to come to a close on May 8.

Normally, the NHL season ends in early April with the playoffs going to early to mid-June depending on series length. The NHL can likely fit this two-month window for the playoffs as usual between early May and mid-July before the expansion draft.

July will be a busy time in the NHL this year. On Wednesday, July 21 you have the Expansion Draft for Seattle, the NHL Draft is Friday and Saturday and then the following Wednesday is free agency.

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The next seven months seem like they are going to be hectic but after multiple prolonged months of an offseason here in 2020, I think every hockey fan is going to be absolutely thrilled with the 2021 season and how it’s formatted.

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