Key dates

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

TOMORROW: Start of period for teams to buyout players under contract and for teams to negotiate with their own draft picks and restricted free agents.

THURSDAY: Deadline for signing 2003 picks and for teams and players to exercise options.

JULY 29: Deadline for buying out players under contract.

JULY 30: Entry draft will be held in Ottawa.

JULY 31: Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their own restricted free agents.

AUG. 1: The free agency signing period begins.

AUG. 10: Agents and players must notify teams of their intention to file for salary arbitration hearings.

AUG. 11: Teams must notify agents and players of their intention to file for salary arbitration.

AUG. 12: Arbitration hearings scheduled.

AUG. 15: Expiration of qualifying offers.

AUG. 22-SEPT. 1: Salary arbitration hearings.


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