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Important NHL Offseason Dates, Penguins Buyout Window



Pittsburgh Penguins Jason Zucker

The Stanley Cup was awarded on Sunday night and the clock began ticking for general managers and players in danger of receiving a buyout, rather than a paycheck from their team. The COVID pause at mid-season altered some of the planning dates, including the buyout window which the Pittsburgh Penguins could utilize.

The original buyout date was to be the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final. However, according to our friends at, the critical dates calendar was adjusted to July 1.


Pittsburgh Hockey Now, specifically this writer, has opined that buying out winger Jason Zucker is not only plausible but could be the key to signing Kris Letang. The Penguins would save about $3.4 million this season, though get socked with a $1.6 million cap penalty in 2023-24.

Last season, Zucker missed

The remaining critical dates for the Penguins roster construction (or rebuild):

July 11: Deadline for Qualifying Offers (Kasperi Kapanen, Danton Heinen)

July 12: First buyout window closes

July 12: The ability to offer a player an eight-year contract ends

July 17: Deadline for player-elected arbitration

July 27: First day of arbitration hearings

The Pittsburgh Penguins development camp will also occur shortly after the 2022 NHL Draft held in Montreal on July 7-8. However, specific dates have not yet been announced.

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Keith T.
Keith T.
1 month ago

I saw your original article regarding a buyout of Zucker. I think you are correct in this being a very plausible solution on two critical issues. 1) Zuckers plummeting performance/cost ratio and 2) getting additional cap space to sign Letang. However, what is not apart of this cost factor is A) the 1.733M for the next two years a total of 3.44M dead cap space. and B) the cost that it will take to replace him with a decent 2nd line winger. One would think that this would be anywhere between the 3-5M figure. On top of this, is the… Read more »

Keith T.
Keith T.
1 month ago

Part 2,

They also have 1.916M in dead cap space already tied up in Jack Johnson. This would be a total of 3.65M in total dead cap space next season. Boy, that is a pile of money that really ties their hands.

1 month ago

Oh hell no. You want to buy out dead weight, get rid of Pettersson. So you are taking out a top six winger to pay Letang. BRILLIANT. Who is playing in top six then. Wait I know Zohorna and O’Connor right?

Katz is Dumb
Katz is Dumb
1 month ago

They should offer Letang 3 years $24 million, if he wants longer offer him 5 years $30 million.

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