AP NEWS

Bruins open preseason slate in Quebec City vs. Canadiens

June 2, 2017 GMT

The 2017-18 NHL season remains more than four months away, but the Bruins yesterday announced their schedule of preseason games. The exhibition slate includes seven games, three at the Garden.

The schedule opens with a visit for the second straight year to the impressive Videotron Center in Quebec City to face the Montreal Canadiens Sept. 18.

The Detroit Red Wings (Sept. 19) and Philadelphia Flyers (Sept. 21) then face the B’s at the Garden. The B’s play at the brand new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit Sept. 23, then back home vs. Chicago on Sept. 25. The preseason concludes with road games in Philly (Sept. 28) and Chicago (Sept. 30).

Both the Bruins and the NHL yesterday released a lengthy list of key dates for the coming weeks.

The B’s will hold their annual development camp July 6-9 in Brighton. And rookie camp will begin Sept. 7.

The NHL also released a series of dates relating to the June 21 expansion draft that will stock the new Vegas Golden Knights franchise. Teams can protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (F or D) and one goalie.

June 15 is the start of the league’s first buyout period. All 30 existing teams must submit their list of protected players by 5 p.m. on June 17. At 10 a.m. on June 18, all teams (including Vegas) will get the protected list. Free agents, UFA or RFA, who are not on protected lists can be interviewed by Vegas personnel.

Finally, on June 21, the Golden Knights will submit their list of 30 expansion draft selections.