Start of free agency remains July 1 for Years 2 through 10. (oObviously because of the late start, free agency will begin later this year.)
The NHL tried hard to move the start of free agency to July 10, wanting to move it away from the two national holidays -- July 1 in Canada, July 4 in the U.S. -- in order to give all those high-profile signings more buzz. Alas, the NHLPA hung tough on this one, wanting to keep it at July 1. It’s never been in the union’s interest to shorten the free-agent window for players trying to find jobs. Personally, I would have wanted to start free agency in late June. Guess I’ll have to wait another 10 years to get my way.