With the expansion draft over, it’s time to turn our attention to the Entry Draft. It begins tonight, with the Leafs out in the cold (for now anyway) until Saturday.
July 23 and 24: NHL Entry Draft
July 26: Deadline for Qualifying Offers to RFAs.
July 27: RFAs can discuss interest from other teams, but cannot sign a new SPC or Offer Sheet until the official signing period opens.
July 27: First buy-out period ends at 5 p.m.
July 28: Free Agency Day begins with the signing period opening at noon.
August: RFA negotiation and arbitration takes place over this month and a second buy-out period occurs for some teams after arbitration ends. This is the period where the offseason will be compressed a little to allow next season to start close to its normal timeframe.
Other things to expect today:
With the buy-out period ending on Tuesday and the freeze now lifted, expect to see some players on waivers at noon as their teams prepare to buy them out now that Seattle didn’t helpfully take them in the Expansion Draft.
Trades and signings should continue through the day, and maybe some happened last night while sensible people slept. Expect that to heat up right before the draft begins. The whole thing airs on Sportsnet at 8 p.m.
I’ve attended and/or broadcast every NHL draft since 1979 so not too sure what I’ll be doing tomorrow night. 🤷♂️ In the meantime, now that TSN’s Final Draft Rankings are out https://t.co/avyfWIQTx6 I thought I might provide a little additional context on this year’s rankings.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 22, 2021
Maple Leafs announce 2021-2022 schedule - Pension Plan Puppets
The rest of the NHL is in on this too.
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The deal is one the Leafs could never have even considered.
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A look at the draft from a Leafs perspective.
Trade News so Far
Philadelphia Flyers trade Shayne Gostisbehere, draft picks to Arizona Coyotes - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers are making room.
Hurricanes trade Nedeljkovic to Detroit for a third-round pick and rights to UFA Bernier - Canes Country
According to reports, the Hurricanes traded the RFA netminder to the Detroit Red Wings for a 2021 third-round pick and the rights to UFA netminder Jonathan Bernier.
Flames Acquire Tyler Pitlick from Seattle Kraken - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Calgary makes a deal with the new kid
As I said on @sportcenter, positive developments on NHL players & Olympics participation.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) July 22, 2021
They've found a provider for COVID insurance for players. Still need to work through some details; dialogue between NHL, NHLPA & IOC ongoing
But as of today, things are looking optimistic.
The sexual abuse lawsuit against the Chicago team:
Posting the entire amended complaints filed today by both the unnamed Blackhawks player and a former teenaged hockey player who was sexually abused by Brad Aldrich.— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) July 22, 2021
The documents describe one alleged assault in graphic detail.https://t.co/hTYLGYVCrx
Posting this part of the thread so readers can choose if they should read the details or not. Included are details of violence, coercion, sexual assault, group harassment, homophobia and hate speech. Likely some other things as well. For further coverage on the unsealed amended complaints, see Westhead at TSN.ca, as well as:
For commentary, a look at what Brock McGillis has to say is useful:
TW S/A— Brock McGillis (@brock_mcgillis) July 22, 2021
Many of these players are still in hockey. The coaches of these players are still in hockey. The management is still in hockey.
They all not only knew he was S/A but also called him a faggot for it.
But men’s hockey is a safe space for queers right? https://t.co/xWyu3RxFVk
Hockey is not a safe space, no. I think we all need to just start by saying that inside our own heads. And then we have to find ways to make it safer every day. This is, after all, a thing people do when they are children for fun, and we all want it to stay fun for life.
As mentioned yesterday, please use some caution when reposting some of this dreadful stuff. We don’t want to shy away, because it’s clear that while many good journalists and media outlets are covering this case very well, many people would like it to just go away, often because they are uncomfortable or don’t want to ruin the fun of the drafts or aren’t equipped to talk about it.
But we do want to remember that for some of our readers, reading this sort of thing, hearing about the pain of others, is a setback on their own path to healing.
Speculation about who on the Chicago team might be witnesses or perpetrators or victimized people is not helpful and will not be tolerated. Our focus should be on the victimized people — and remember you don’t know what witnesses have gone through in their lives or if any of them were LGBTQ or the loved ones of LGBTQ people, so you don’t know if they themselves weren’t victimized by the subsequent harassment.
If you are involved in amateur hockey, Hockey Canada has a program and educational materials to help you help your hockey organization prevent abuse.
This is a painful topic we need to look at head on. But remember to keep making hockey a safer space. Do the best you can, that’s all anyone asks.