Washington Capitals transactions

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2020-08-07
assigned C Aliaksei Protas to Dinamo Minsk (KHL).
2020-08-07
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2020-07-26
assigned C Shane Gersich to Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-26
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2020-07-26
assigned C Connor McMichael to London (OHL).
2020-07-26
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2020-07-12
recalled C Shane Gersich from Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-07-12
recalled C Philippe Maillet from Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-07-12
recalled LW Beck Malenstyn from Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-07-12
recalled C Connor McMichael from London (OHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-07-12
recalled C Garrett Pilon from Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-07-12
recalled C Brian Pinho from Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-07-12
recalled RW Daniel Sprong from Hershey (AHL).
2020-07-12
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2020-05-08
waived LW Brendan Leipsic.
2020-05-08
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2020-03-05
signed LW Damien Riat to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-05
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2020-02-24
Anaheim Ducks TRADE ANALYSIS
The Anaheim Ducks traded Daniel Sprong to Washington Capitals for Christian Djoos
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2020-02-24
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2020-02-23
Montreal Canadiens TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens traded Ilya Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals for a 2020 third round pick
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2020-02-23
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2020-02-23
acquired LW Ilya Kovalchuk from the Washington Capitals for a 2020 third-round draft pick.
2020-02-23
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2020-02-18
San Jose Sharks TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks traded Brenden Dillon to Washington Capitals for 2020 second round pick and 2021 third round pick
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2020-02-18
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2020-02-11
assigned D Martin Fehervary to Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-11
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2020-02-10
recalled D Martin Fehervary from Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-10
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2020-02-09
assigned D Martin Fehervary to Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-09
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2020-02-08
recalled D Martin Fehervary from Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-08
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2020-02-05
assigned D Martin Fehervary to Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-05
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2020-02-05
assigned G Vitek Vanecek to Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-05
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2020-02-04
recalled G Vitek Vanecek from Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-04
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2020-02-04
recalled D Martin Fehervary from Hershey (AHL).
2020-02-04
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2020-01-28
announced LW Alex Ovechkin has served his suspension.
2020-01-28
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2020-01-23
(NHL) suspended LW Alex Ovechkin one game for skipping the 2020 All-Star game.
2020-01-23
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2020-01-14
signed C Nicklas Backstrom to a five-year, $46 million contract extension.
2020-01-14
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2020-01-11
assigned D Christian Djoos to Hershey (AHL).
2020-01-11
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2019-12-27
recalled D Christian Djoos from Hershey (AHL).
2019-12-27
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2019-12-05
assigned D Tobias Geisser to EV Zug (Switzerland).
2019-12-05
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2019-12-02
Vegas Golden Knights TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired Chandler Stephenson from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 fifth round pick
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2019-12-02
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2019-12-01
assigned LW Beck Malenstyn to Hershey (AHL).
2019-12-01
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2019-12-01
assigned D Christian Djoos to Hershey (AHL).
2019-12-01
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2019-11-27
activated C Nic Dowd from injured reserve.
2019-11-27
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2019-11-24
assigned C Michael Sgarbossa to Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-24
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2019-11-23
assigned RW Kody Clark to Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-23
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2019-11-22
recalled D Christian Djoos from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-22
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2019-11-22
assigned D Tyler Lewington to Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-22
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2019-11-20
(NHL) suspended RW Garnet Hathaway three games for a spitting incident.
2019-11-20
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2019-11-20
assigned G Vitek Vanecek to Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-20
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2019-11-20
recalled G Ilya Samsonov from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-20
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2019-11-20
recalled D Tyler Lewington from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-20
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2019-11-20
recalled C Michael Sgarbossa from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-20
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2019-11-20
recalled LW Beck Malenstyn from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-20
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2019-11-16
Reassigned D Tyler Lewington to the Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-16
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2019-11-16
assigned G Ilya Samsonov to Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-16
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2019-11-16
recalled G Vitek Vanecek from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-16
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2019-11-16
recalled C Travis Boyd from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-16
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2019-11-15
recalled D Tyler Lewington from Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-15
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2019-11-11
assigned D Tyler Lewington to Hershey (AHL).
2019-11-11

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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