Everything There Is to Know About NHL Transactions

Stay up to date with all the NHL transactions at PuckPedia. You can also follow your favorite teams in both the AHL and ECHL, watching as they move between leagues. You’ll find information on trades, signings, terminations, injury designations, minor assignments, call-ups, and more.

To see the latest NHL transactions, check out our Team pages. Here you will find the most up-to-date information with the salary cap impact calculated.

Columbus Blue Jackets logo Zac Dalpe
Zac Dalpe
2019-04-17
Assigned RW Zac Dalpe to Cleveland (AHL).
2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Denis Gurianov
Denis Gurianov
2019-04-17
Recalled RW Denis Gurianov from Texas (AHL).
2019-04-17
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-04-17
Signed LW Jacob Pritchard to a one-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Joel Hanley
Joel Hanley
2019-04-17
Recalled D Joel Hanley from Texas (AHL).
2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Dillon Heatherington Recalled D Dillon Heatherington from Texas (AHL). 2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Gavin Bayreuther Recalled D Gavin Bayreuther from Texas (AHL). 2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton
2019-04-17
Recalled C Joel L'Esperance from Texas (AHL).
2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Nicholas Caamano Recalled RW Nicholas Caamano from Texas (AHL). 2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Adam Mascherin
Adam Mascherin
2019-04-17
Recalled LW Adam Mascherin from Texas (AHL).
2019-04-17
Winnipeg Jets logo Mason Appleton
Mason Appleton
2019-04-17
Recalled C Mason Appleton from Manitoba (AHL).
2019-04-17
Winnipeg Jets logo Marko Dano
Marko Dano
2019-04-17
Recalled C Marko Dano from Manitoba (AHL).
2019-04-17
Winnipeg Jets logo Cameron Schilling Recalled D Cameron Schilling from Manitoba (AHL). 2019-04-17
Winnipeg Jets logo Logan Shaw
Logan Shaw
2019-04-17
Recalled RW Logan Shaw from Manitoba (AHL).
2019-04-17
Winnipeg Jets logo Logan Stanley
Logan Stanley
2019-04-17
Recalled D Logan Stanley from Manitoba (AHL).
2019-04-17
Winnipeg Jets logo Kristian Vesalainen Recalled LW Kristian Vesalainen from Manitoba (AHL). 2019-04-17
San Jose Sharks logo Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton
2019-04-17
Announced C Joe Thornton has served his suspension.
2019-04-17
Dallas Stars logo Riley Tufte
Riley Tufte
2019-04-17
Signed RW Riley Tufte to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-17
Tampa Bay Lightning logo Cameron Gaunce
Cameron Gaunce
2019-04-17
Assigned D Cameron Gaunce to Syracuse (AHL).
2019-04-17
Colorado Avalanche logo Dominic Toninato Recalled C Dominic Toninato from Colorado (AHL). 2019-04-17
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2019-04-17
Recalled RW Ryan Haggerty from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
2019-04-17
Minnesota Wild logo Brandon Duhaime
Brandon Duhaime
2019-04-17
Signed RW Brandon Duhaime to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-17
St. Louis Blues logo Jared Coreau
Jared Coreau
2019-04-16
Recalled G Jared Coreau from San Antonio (AHL).
2019-04-16
San Jose Sharks logo Dylan Gambrell
Dylan Gambrell
2019-04-16
Recalled C Dylan Gambrell from San Jose (AHL).
2019-04-16
Boston Bruins logo Jesse Gabrielle
Jesse Gabrielle
2019-04-16
Waived LW Jesse Gabrielle.
2019-04-16
Colorado Avalanche logo Dominic Toninato Assigned C Dominic Toninato to Colorado (AHL). 2019-04-16
Carolina Hurricanes logo Patrick Brown
Patrick Brown
2019-04-16
Recalled C Patrick Brown from Charlotte (AHL).
2019-04-16
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-04-16
Assigned G Pavel Francouz to Colorado (AHL).
2019-04-16
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Zac Dalpe
Zac Dalpe
2019-04-15
Recalled C Zac Dalpe from Cleveland (AHL).
2019-04-15
Detroit Red Wings logo Filip Larsson
Filip Larsson
2019-04-15
Signed G Filip Larsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-15
Winnipeg Jets logo Eric Comrie
Eric Comrie
2019-04-15
Recalled G Eric Comrie from Manitoba (AHL).
2019-04-15
Los Angeles Kings logo Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
2019-04-15
Announced G Peter Budaj to has retired.
2019-04-15
Tampa Bay Lightning logo Nikita Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov
2019-04-15
Announced RW Nikita Kucherov has served his suspension.
2019-04-15
Buffalo Sabres logo Jacob Bryson
Jacob Bryson
2019-04-15
Signed D Jacob Bryson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-15
Toronto Maple Leafs logo Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
2019-04-15
NHL suspended C Nazem Kadri for the remainder of the first round due to cross-checking an opponent.
2019-04-15
Colorado Avalanche logo Joe Cannata
Joe Cannata
2019-04-15
Assigned G Joe Cannata to Colorado (AHL).
2019-04-15
San Jose Sharks logo Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton
2019-04-15
NHL suspended C Joe Thornton one game for an illegal check to the head of an opponent.
2019-04-15
Calgary Flames logo Dillon Dube
Dillon Dube
2019-04-15
Recalled LW Dillon Dube from Stockton (AHL).
2019-04-15
Washington Capitals logo Vitek Vanecek
Vitek Vanecek
2019-04-14
Recalled G Vitek Vanecek from Hershey (AHL).
2019-04-14
Washington Capitals logo Ilya Samsonov
Ilya Samsonov
2019-04-14
Assigned G Ilya Samsonov to Hershey (AHL).
2019-04-14
Tampa Bay Lightning logo Cameron Gaunce
Cameron Gaunce
2019-04-14
Recalled D Cameron Gaunce from Syracuse (AHL).
2019-04-14
Colorado Avalanche logo Cale Makar
Cale Makar
2019-04-14
Signed D Cale Makar to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-14
Vegas Golden Knights logo Nikita Gusev
Nikita Gusev
2019-04-14
Signed LW Nikita Gusev to a one-year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-14
Boston Bruins logo Jakub Zboril
Jakub Zboril
2019-04-14
Recalled D Jakub Zboril from Providence (AHL).
2019-04-14
Tampa Bay Lightning logo Nikita Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov
2019-04-13
NHL suspended RW Nikita Kucherov one game for boarding.
2019-04-13
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Vladislav Gavrikov Signed D Vladislav Gavrikov to a two-year, entry-level contract. 2019-04-13
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Adam Clendening
Adam Clendening
2019-04-12
Recalled D Adam Clendening from Cleveland (AHL).
2019-04-12
Boston Bruins logo Dan Vladar
Dan Vladar
2019-04-12
Assigned G Dan Vladar to Providence (AHL).
2019-04-12
Calgary Flames logo Adam Ruzicka
Adam Ruzicka
2019-04-12
Signed C Adam Ruzicka to a three year, entry-level contract.
2019-04-12
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Adam Clendening
Adam Clendening
2019-04-11
Assigned D Adam Clendening to Cleveland (AHL).
2019-04-11
Washington Capitals logo Ilya Samsonov
Ilya Samsonov
2019-04-11
Recalled G Ilya Samsonov from Hershey (AHL).
2019-04-11

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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