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.

New York Islanders logo Joshua Ho-Sang
Joshua Ho-Sang
2018-12-09
Recalled RW Joshua Ho-Sang from Bridgeport (AHL).
2018-12-09
New York Islanders logo Christopher Gibson Assigned G Christopher Gibson to Bridgeport (AHL). 2018-12-09
Washington Capitals logo Riley Barber
Riley Barber
2018-12-09
Assigned RW Riley Barber to Hershey (AHL).
2018-12-09
Ottawa Senators logo Erik Burgdoerfer Recalled D Erik Burgdoerfer from Belleville (AHL). 2018-12-09
Calgary Flames logo Anthony Peluso
Anthony Peluso
2018-12-09
Recalled RW Anthony Peluso from Stockton (AHL).
2018-12-09
Calgary Flames logo Ryan Lomberg
Ryan Lomberg
2018-12-09
Assigned LW Ryan Lomberg to Stockton (AHL).
2018-12-09
Carolina Hurricanes logo Scott Darling
Scott Darling
2018-12-09
Recalled G Scott Darling from Charlotte (AHL).
2018-12-09
Los Angeles Kings logo Austin Wagner
Austin Wagner
2018-12-09
Recalled LW Austin Wagner from Ontario (AHL).
2018-12-09
Toronto Maple Leafs logo Zach Hyman
Zach Hyman
2018-12-09
NHL suspended LW Zach Hyman two games for an interference penalty.
2018-12-09
St. Louis Blues logo Jordan Binnington Recalled G Jordan Binnington from San Antonio (AHL). 2018-12-09
St. Louis Blues logo Sammy Blais
Sammy Blais
2018-12-09
Assigned LW Sammy Blais to San Antonio (AHL).
2018-12-09
Minnesota Wild logo Luke Kunin
Luke Kunin
2018-12-09
Recalled C Luke Kunin from Iowa (AHL).
2018-12-09
Calgary Flames logo Alan Quine
Alan Quine
2018-12-08
Recalled C Alan Quine from Stockton (AHL).
2018-12-08
Winnipeg Jets logo Cameron Schilling Assigned D Cameron Schilling to Manitoba (AHL). 2018-12-08
New York Rangers logo Cole Schneider
Cole Schneider
2018-12-08
Recalled LW Cole Schneider from Hartford (AHL).
2018-12-08
Ottawa Senators logo Nick Paul
Nick Paul
2018-12-08
Recalled LW Nick Paul from Belleville (AHL).
2018-12-08
Carolina Hurricanes logo Saku Maenalanen
Saku Maenalanen
2018-12-08
Assigned RW Saku Maenalanen to Chicago (AHL).
2018-12-08
Carolina Hurricanes logo Alex Nedeljkovic Assigned G Alex Nedeljkovic to Charlotte (AHL). 2018-12-08
Calgary Flames logo Rinat Valiev
Rinat Valiev
2018-12-08
Recalled D Rinat Valiev from Stockton (AHL).
2018-12-08
Montreal Canadiens logo Xavier Ouellet
Xavier Ouellet
2018-12-08
Assigned D Xavier Ouellet to Laval (AHL).
2018-12-08
Buffalo Sabres logo Matt Tennyson
Matt Tennyson
2018-12-07
Recalled D Matt Tennyson from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-07
Buffalo Sabres logo Scott Wedgewood
Scott Wedgewood
2018-12-07
Recalled G Scott Wedgewood from Rochester (AHL).
2018-12-07
Calgary Flames logo Ryan Lomberg
Ryan Lomberg
2018-12-07
NHL suspended LW Ryan Lomberg two games for for instigating in the final five minutes of regulation and leaving the bench.
2018-12-07
Montreal Canadiens logo Xavier Ouellet
Xavier Ouellet
2018-12-07
Waived D Xavier Ouellet.
2018-12-07
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Jean-Sebastien Dea Recalled D Jean-Sebastien Dea from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). 2018-12-07
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Gabriel Carlsson Assigned D Gabriel Carlsson to Cleveland (AHL). 2018-12-07
Detroit Red Wings logo Tyler Bertuzzi
Tyler Bertuzzi
2018-12-07
Announced LW Tyler Bertuzzi has served his suspension.
2018-12-07
Philadelphia Flyers logo Phil Varone
Phil Varone
2018-12-07
Recalled C Phil Varone from Lehigh Vallley (AHL).
2018-12-07
Washington Capitals logo T.J. Oshie
T.J. Oshie
2018-12-07
Placed RW T.J. Oshie on IR.
2018-12-07
Edmonton Oilers logo Drake Caggiula
Drake Caggiula
2018-12-07
Placed LW Drake Caggiula on IR.
2018-12-07
Buffalo Sabres logo Casey Nelson
Casey Nelson
2018-12-07
Placed D Casey Nelson on IR.
2018-12-07
Carolina Hurricanes logo Micheal Ferland
Micheal Ferland
2018-12-07
Placed LW Micheal Ferland on IR.
2018-12-07
Ottawa Senators logo Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
2018-12-07
Placed C Matt Duchene on IR.
2018-12-07
Calgary Flames logo Mark Giordano
Mark Giordano
2018-12-07
NHL suspended D Mark Giordano two games for a knee-on-knee hit.
2018-12-07
Los Angeles Kings logo Austin Wagner
Austin Wagner
2018-12-07
Assigned LW Austin Wagner to Ontario (AHL).
2018-12-07
Washington Capitals logo Riley Barber
Riley Barber
2018-12-07
Recalled RW Riley Barber from Hershey (AHL).
2018-12-07
Boston Bruins logo Gemel Smith
Gemel Smith
2018-12-06
Acquired C Gemel Smith off waivers from the Dallas Stars.
2018-12-06
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Gabriel Carlsson Recalled D Gabriel Carlsson from Cleveland (AHL). 2018-12-06
Washington Capitals logo Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
2018-12-06
Waived RW Sergei Shumakov.
2018-12-06
Detroit Red Wings logo Brian Lashoff
Brian Lashoff
2018-12-06
Recalled D Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids (AHL).
2018-12-06
Boston Bruins logo Charlie McAvoy
Charlie McAvoy
2018-12-06
Activated D Charlie McAvoy from injured reserve.
2018-12-06
Boston Bruins logo Connor Clifton
Connor Clifton
2018-12-06
Assigned D Connor Clifton to Providence (AHL).
2018-12-06
Boston Bruins logo Kevan Miller
Kevan Miller
2018-12-06
Placed D Kevan Miller on IR.
2018-12-06
Carolina Hurricanes logo Saku Maenalanen
Saku Maenalanen
2018-12-06
Recalled RW Saku Maenalanen from Charlotte (AHL).
2018-12-06
Edmonton Oilers logo Cooper Marody
Cooper Marody
2018-12-06
Recalled C Cooper Marody from Bakersfield (AHL).
2018-12-06
Edmonton Oilers logo Valentin Zykov
Valentin Zykov
2018-12-06
Activated RW Valentin Zykov.
2018-12-06
Edmonton Oilers logo Patrick Russell
Patrick Russell
2018-12-06
Assigned RW Patrick Russell to Bakersfield (AHL).
2018-12-06
New York Rangers logo Matt Beleskey
Matt Beleskey
2018-12-06
Recalled LW Matt Beleskey from Hartford (AHL).
2018-12-06
Dallas Stars logo Roope Hintz
Roope Hintz
2018-12-06
Assigned LW Roope Hintz to Texas (AHL).
2018-12-06
Winnipeg Jets logo Nelson Nogier
Nelson Nogier
2018-12-06
Assigned D Nelson Nogier to Manitoba (AHL).
2018-12-06

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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