Montreal Canadiens transactions

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2020-10-20
signed D Kaiden Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-10-20
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2020-10-16
assigned C Jesperi Kotkaniemi to HC Assat Pori Oy (Finland).
2020-10-16
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2020-10-14
signed RW Brendan Gallagher to a six-year, $39 million contract extension.
2020-10-14
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2020-10-14
signed G Jake Allen to a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension.
2020-10-14
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2020-10-12
signed RW Tyler Toffoli to a four-year, $17 million contract.
2020-10-12
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2020-10-09
signed D Xavier Ouellet to a two-year, two-way contract extension worth $1.475 million.
2020-10-09
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2020-10-09
signed LW Brandon Baddock to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-10-09
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2020-10-09
signed D Victor Mete to a one-year, $735,000 contract extension.
2020-10-09
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2020-10-08
signed RW Josh Anderson to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract extension.
2020-10-08
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2020-10-08
signed D Noah Juulsen to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2020-10-08
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2020-10-07
Chicago Blackhawks TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired 2020 seventh round pick (#188) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2021 7th Round Pick
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2020-10-07
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2020-10-07
San Jose Sharks TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired 2020 fourth round pick (#98) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2021 third round pick
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2020-10-07
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2020-10-07
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired 2020 second round pick (#57) from the Montreal Canadiens for 2020 fourth round pick (#124) and 2021 second round pick
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2020-10-07
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2020-10-06
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Max Domi and a 2020 third round pick (78th Overall) from the Montreal Canadiens for Josh Anderson
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2020-10-06
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2020-10-06
waived D Karl Alzner.
2020-10-06
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2020-09-30
signed G Michael McNiven to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-09-30
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2020-09-28
signed LW Jake Lucchini to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-09-28
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2020-09-25
signed D Jeff Petry to a four-year, $25 million contract extension.
2020-09-25
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2020-09-25
signed LW Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2020-09-25
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2020-09-23
signed C Jake Evans to a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension.
2020-09-23
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2020-09-16
signed D Joel Edmundson to a four-year, $14 million contract.
2020-09-16
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2020-09-12
Carolina Hurricanes TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens acquired Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2020 fifth round pick
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2020-09-12
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2020-09-12
assigned C Hayden Verbeek to Banska Bystrica HC05 (Slovakia).
2020-09-12
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2020-09-06
assigned C Lukas Vejdemo to Sodertalje SK (Sweden).
2020-09-06
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2020-09-04
signed C Lukas Vejdemo to a one-year, two-way contract.
2020-09-04
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2020-09-02
St. Louis Blues TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens acquired Jake Allen a 2022 seventh round pick from the St Louis Blues for 2020 third round pick and 2020 seventh round pick
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2020-09-02
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2020-08-03
assigned D Otto Leskinen to Team Kalpa Kuopio (Finland).
2020-08-03
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2020-07-26
assigned D Josh Brook to Laval (AHL).
2020-07-26
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2020-07-26
assigned C Laurent Dauphin to Laval (AHL).
2020-07-26
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2020-07-21
activated D Victor Mete from injured reserve.
2020-07-21
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2020-07-13
recalled G Cayden Primeau from Laval (AHL).
2020-07-13
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2020-05-15
announced RW Ales Hemsky has retired.
2020-05-15
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2020-05-12
signed C Cameron Hillis to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-05-12
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2020-05-08
signed D Alexander Romanov to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-05-08
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2020-05-01
signed C Arsen Khisamutdinov to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-05-01
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2020-04-21
signed G Vasili Demchenko to an entry-level contract.
2020-04-21
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2020-04-16
announced D Andrei Markov has retired.
2020-04-16
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2020-04-03
signed C Laurent Dauphin to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2020-04-03
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2020-03-26
signed RW Jesse Ylonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-26
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2020-03-25
signed D Gustav Olofsson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000.
2020-03-25
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2020-03-20
signed C Alex Belzile to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-03-20
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2020-03-16
assigned RW Jake Evans to Laval (AHL).
2020-03-16
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2020-03-10
assigned C Lukas Vejdemo to Laval (AHL).
2020-03-10
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2020-03-04
recalled C Lukas Vejdemo from Laval (AHL).
2020-03-04
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2020-02-29
recalled D Xavier Ouellet from Laval (AHL).
2020-02-29
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2020-02-29
assigned G Keith Kinkaid to Charlotte (AHL).
2020-02-29
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2020-02-27
recalled LW Charles Hudon from Laval (AHL).
2020-02-27
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2020-02-25
recalled C Jake Evans from Laval (AHL).
2020-02-25
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2020-02-24
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2021 fourth round pick
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2020-02-24
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2020-02-24
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens acquired Aaron Luchuk and 2020 seventh round pick from Ottawa Senators for Matthew Peca
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2020-02-24

Trades

NHL player transactions include the exchange of players, prospects, and draft picks among teams. Teams only have until the trade deadline, which tends to fall on the last week of February or the first week of March. The trade deadline for the current season is Monday, February 26, 2018.

Signings, Terminations & Injury Designations

Other ways the players on a team are impacted are through signings, terminations, and injury designations.

Free agents

Players who are free agents have no contract and are able to sign with any club. Previously, players could have unrestricted free agency if they were 31 years old or over. After the CBA came out of the lockout in 2005, the rules changed. Now, players aged 27 and over, as well as those with at least seven years in the NHL with expired contracts, can become unrestricted free agents. Plus, players aged 22 years and over who are not selected in the NHL Draft can sign with any team as a free agent.

Unrestricted free agents can start negotiating and signing contracts with any team after July 1 of each year. Before, teams were awarded with draft picks as compensation when they lost unrestricted free agents. Since 2004, there has been no compensation.

Buyouts

Buyouts occur when teams buy a player at the end of a season for the remainder of the player’s contract. This impacts both pay and cap hit. For players under the age of 26, pay and cap hit are reduced by two-thirds. For players aged 26 to 35, pay and cap hit are reduced by one-third. Finally, for players over the age of 35, pay is reduced by one-third but cap hit is not reduced. In addition, the new team pays over twice the period of the remaining contract.

Injured Reserve List

Players who are injured, disabled, or sick and unable to play for at least seven days cannot be bought out. Instead, their teams may place them on the Injured Reserve List. A club can only put a player on the Injured Reserve List if the player had previously passed the initial physical examination of the season. The team can then replace the player on its NHL roster with someone else.

Assigning Players to the Minors & Call-Ups

If a player has already participated in a defined number of games or he has played in a certain number of seasons since the signing of the original contract, the player must be available to all NHL teams before he is assigned to the minors. This is called 'clearing waivers,' and it means that other NHL teams can 'claim' the player from the 'waiver wire,' meaning they assume the contract, and provide only a small financial compensation to the team from which the player originated. When players clear waivers, their teams have the right to loan them to a minor affiliate, typically an AHL team, or they can choose to keep them in their club. Once cleared, players don't need to do it again for the lesser of either 30 cumulative days on the roster, or until they've played in 10 games in the NHL.

Players can also rise from the minors to an NHL team. This is known as a call-up. Players may be called up due to an injury or suspension of another player, or a team can use a regular call-up of minor league affiliates who are yet to sign a contract.

The AHL

The AHL, or American Hockey League, is the primary development league for the NHL. The AHL is currently made up of 30 teams. Since there are currently 31 NHL teams, 3 NHL Teams are sharing 2 AHL teams. There are plans for the AHL to expand to 31 teams, so that each NHL team can once again have their own exclusive affiliate.

The ECHL

The ECHL (previously the East Coast Hockey League) is a mid-level league with teams from across the U.S. and Canada. It is the only other league (along with the AHL) to which all players with entry-level NHL contracts must report.

Roster Limits

Each team in the NHL has a roster limit of:

  • 50 players on contract
  • 20 players on “dressed list” for games
  • 23 players on the active NHL roster
  • 90 players on the reserve list

Players in the AHL and ECHL are part of the 50 contract limit but don’t contribute to the 23 active roster limit.

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