Nov. 10 — NHL General Managers Meeting (Toronto)
At last year’s November meetings, the GMs decided to kill the dry scrape. But these meetings usually serve as a table-setter for the rest of the season. It’s the more in-depth meetings in March where the majority of things get decided.
Nov. 27 — NHL Thanksgiving Showdown: Rangers at Bruins
The first of 12 “NHL on NBC” games in 2015-16. Click here for the full list, including the games on NBCSN.
Dec. 7-8 — NHL Board of Governors Meeting (Pebble Beach)
This is where we could find out about expansion. Will both Las Vegas and Quebec City get the nod? Only one of them? Neither of them?
Jan. 1 — Winter Classic: Canadiens at Bruins
From Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Please don’t make any “deflated pucks” jokes. You’re better than that.
Jan. 28-Feb. 1 — All-Star Break
This year’s festivities are being held in Nashville, which is a pretty fun town we hear. Skills competition on Saturday the 30th, game on Sunday the 31st. Over/under has been set at 25 goals and 60 percent effort.
Feb. 29 — NHL trade deadline
Leap day! Click here for a list of pending unrestricted free agents, a.k.a. potential rentals.
Mar. 14-16 — NHL General Managers Meeting (Boca Raton)
As mentioned, these are the more in-depth meetings where any recommendations are typically made. Last season, the GMs recommended 3-on-3 overtime and a coach’s challenge.
Apr. 9 — Last day of the regular season
All 30 teams in action on this Saturday. Playoffs begin four days later on Wednesday. Also, the draft lottery’s date is still to be determined, but should be held sometime around here.
June 18 — Last possible day for the Stanley Cup Final
Click here for PHT’s Cup picks.
June 24-25 — NHL draft
In Buffalo this year. Click here for Central Scouting’s “players to watch” list, led by Auston Matthews.
July 1 — Free agency begins
And then it’s summer.