Blackhawks 2011 Summer Critical Date Calendar
Gold & Bronze Medal Games IIHF World Championships in Slovakia. Marcus Kruger is representing Blackhawks on Team Sweden as is Michael Frolik for the Czech Republic. Ex-Hawks Andrew Ladd (CAN), Mathis Olimb (Norway), Tuomo Ruutu (Finland), Jack Skille (USA) also involved in playoff elimination round beginning May 11th. Marian Hossa did play in the tournament but his team, Slovakia, the host country, was eliminated in the qualifying round.
June 15 – 30
– League-wide moratorium on new player contracts: Meaning a team cannot re-sign any of their own free agents, restricted or unrestricted, during this period.
– Buy-Out Period (June 15-30) *Clubs with salary arbitration cases [July 20 – Aug 4] have a second opportunity to buy-out contracts. Deadline in those cases is 48 hours after the Club’s last salary arbitration award or settlement.
NHL Entry Draft – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents. Qualifying offers must be received by this date. Players, however, cannot accept those Qualifying Offers officially until July 1. Players have until July 15th to accept their QO. Any impending RFA who does not receive a Qualifying Offer can become an unrestricted free agent if their Club also does not opt for Club-Elected arbitration.