By Michael Donovan

Today is a big day in Flyersland leading up to next week momentous NHL draft:

TODAY

First buyout period begins, 12 a.m.

JUNE 16

Trade freeze for any deals that don’t include Vegas Golden Knights, 12 p.m.
Players waive no-move clauses for purposes of expansion draft, 5 p.m.

This doesn’t really apply to the Flyers because their three players with no-move clauses — Claude Giroux, Valtteri Filppula and Wayne Simmonds — are all expected to be protected.

JUNE 17

NHL teams’ protection lists must be sent to the NHL, 5 p.m.

JUNE 18

Protected lists approved by NHL and announced, 10 a.m.
Vegas Golden Knights can begin signing free agents, 10:01 a.m.

Vegas has a 72-hour free agency window all to themselves where they can sign teams’ unrestricted and restricted free agents that were left unprotected. Signing a player before the expansion draft means that team won’t lose an additional player in the expansion draft.

JUNE 21

Vegas-only free-agency window ends, 9:59 a.m.
Vegas submits selections to central registry, 10 a.m.

JUNE 22

Trade freeze ends, 8 a.m.
Full NHL schedule announced, 3 p.m.

JUNE 23

First round of NHL draft in Chicago, 6 p.m.