Pending NHL free agents can start listening to offers

Maple Leafs centre Dave Bolland is reportedly not close to re-signing with the team. He can become...

Maple Leafs centre Dave Bolland is reportedly not close to re-signing with the team. He can become a UFA on July 1. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

Welcome to the NHL’s recruiting season, which officially begins on Wednesday.

From June 25-30, pending free agents and their representatives will be allowed to talk to teams for the six days leading up to the opening of free agency on July 1.

As a result, players such as centre Dave Bolland, who as of Tuesday was not close to re-signing with the Maple Leafs, will immediately begin listening to what other teams have to offer, according to his agent, Anton Thun.

This so-called “wooing period” was also in place a year ago at the conclusion of the strike-shortened 2013 season. But according to Thun, there was still a lot of confusion regarding what was allowed under the terms of the then-new CBA.

“To be honest, there was still a lot of questions being asked at this time last year,” Thun said on Tuesday evening. “Some general managers weren’t quite sure what they could and could not do. It was all pretty new.”


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