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.

Anaheim Ducks logo Ondrej Kase
Ondrej Kase
2018-08-15
Re-signed RW Ondrej Kase to a three-year, $7.8 million contract.
2018-08-15
New Jersey Devils logo Steven Santini
Steven Santini
2018-08-14
Signed D Steven Santini to a three-year, $4.25 million contract.
2018-08-14
Nashville Predators logo Ryan Ellis
Ryan Ellis
2018-08-14
Signed D Ryan Ellis to an eight-year, $50 million contract extension.
2018-08-14
New York Islanders logo
2018-08-13
Signed D Noah Dobson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2018-08-13
Ottawa Senators logo
2018-08-13
Signed C Brady Tkachuk to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2018-08-13
New Jersey Devils logo Kevin Rooney
Kevin Rooney
2018-08-13
Re-signed C Kevin Rooney to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.4 million.
2018-08-13
Detroit Red Wings logo Dylan Larkin
Dylan Larkin
2018-08-10
Signed C Dylan Larkin to a five-year, $30.5 million contract.
2018-08-10
Ottawa Senators logo Chase Balisy
Chase Balisy
2018-08-10
Signed C Chase Balisy to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.
2018-08-10
Arizona Coyotes logo Christian Dvorak Signed C Christian Dvorak to a six-year, $26.7 million contract extension. 2018-08-09
Vegas Golden Knights logo William Karlsson Signed C William Karlsson to a one-year, $5.25 million contract. 2018-08-04
Anaheim Ducks logo John Gibson
John Gibson
2018-08-04
Signed G John Gibson to an eight-year, $51.2 million contract extension.
2018-08-04
Anaheim Ducks logo
2018-08-04
Signed C Isac Lundestrom to an entry-level contract.
2018-08-04
Ottawa Senators logo Mark Stone
Mark Stone
2018-08-03
Re-signed RW Mark Stone to a one-year, $7.35 million contract.
2018-08-03
Dallas Stars logo Gemel Smith
Gemel Smith
2018-08-03
Signed C Gemel Smith to a one-year, $720,000 contract.
2018-08-03
Ottawa Senators logo Cody Ceci
Cody Ceci
2018-08-03
Re-signed D Cody Ceci to a one-year, $4.3 million contract.
2018-08-03
Colorado Avalanche logo Patrik Nemeth
Patrik Nemeth
2018-08-02
Re-signed D Patrik Nemeth to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
2018-08-02
Calgary Flames logo Troy Brouwer
Troy Brouwer
2018-08-02
Waived RW Troy Brouwer.
2018-08-02
Buffalo Sabres logo Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner
2018-08-02
Acquired LW Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes for RW Cliff Pu, a 2019 second-round draft pick and 2020 third and sixth-round draft picks.
2018-08-02
Winnipeg Jets logo Nic Petan
Nic Petan
2018-08-01
Re-signed RW Nic Petan to a one-year, two-way contract worth $874,000.
2018-08-01
Philadelphia Flyers logo Robert Hagg
Robert Hagg
2018-08-01
Re-signed D Robert Hagg to a two-year, $2.3 million contract.
2018-08-01
New York Rangers logo Ryan Spooner
Ryan Spooner
2018-07-31
Re-signed C Ryan Spooner to a two-year, $8 million contract.
2018-07-31
Calgary Flames logo Garnet Hathaway
Garnet Hathaway
2018-07-30
Re-signed RW Garnet Hathaway to a one-year, $850,000 contract.
2018-07-30
Nashville Predators logo Miikka Salomaki
Miikka Salomaki
2018-07-30
Re-signed RW Miikka Salomaki to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
2018-07-30
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2018-07-30
Signed C Liam Foudy to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2018-07-30
Los Angeles Kings logo
2018-07-30
Announced RW Jarome Iginla has retired.
2018-07-30
Minnesota Wild logo Matt Read
Matt Read
2018-07-30
Signed RW Matt Read to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.
2018-07-30
New York Rangers logo Kevin Hayes
Kevin Hayes
2018-07-30
Re-signed RW Kevin Hayes to a one-year, $5.125 million contract.
2018-07-30
Washington Capitals logo Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson
2018-07-27
Re-signed RW Tom Wilson to a six-year, $31 million contract.
2018-07-27
Calgary Flames logo David Rittich
David Rittich
2018-07-26
Re-Signed G David Rittich to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
2018-07-26
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Tristan Jarry
Tristan Jarry
2018-07-26
Re-signed G Tristan Jarry to a two-year, $1.35 million contract.
2018-07-26
Calgary Flames logo Mark Jankowski
Mark Jankowski
2018-07-25
Signed C Mark Jankowski to a two-year, $3.35 million contract.
2018-07-25
Ottawa Senators logo Adam Tambellini
Adam Tambellini
2018-07-25
Signed C Adam Tambellini to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.
2018-07-25
Nashville Predators logo Dan Hamhuis
Dan Hamhuis
2018-07-25
Signed D Dan Hamhuis to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
2018-07-25
Vancouver Canucks logo Jake Virtanen
Jake Virtanen
2018-07-25
Signed RW Jake Virtanen to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
2018-07-25
Dallas Stars logo Mattias Janmark
Mattias Janmark
2018-07-25
Signed C Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.
2018-07-25
Calgary Flames logo Brett Kulak
Brett Kulak
2018-07-25
Re-signed D Brett Kulak one-year, $900,000 contract.
2018-07-25
New Jersey Devils logo Eric Tangradi
Eric Tangradi
2018-07-25
Signed LW Eric Tangradi to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000.
2018-07-25
Minnesota Wild logo Jason Zucker
Jason Zucker
2018-07-25
Re-signed LW Jason Zucker to a five-year, $27.5 million contract.
2018-07-25
Florida Panthers logo MacKenzie Weegar Re-signed D MacKenzie Weegar to a one-year contract. 2018-07-25
St. Louis Blues logo Joel Edmundson
Joel Edmundson
2018-07-24
Signed D Joel Edmundson to a one-year, $3 million contract.
2018-07-24
Anaheim Ducks logo Brandon Montour
Brandon Montour
2018-07-24
Signed D Brandon Montour to a two-year, $6.775 million contract.
2018-07-24
Washington Capitals logo Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik
2018-07-24
Re-signed D Brooks Orpik to a one-year, $1 million contract.
2018-07-24
Winnipeg Jets logo Tucker Poolman
Tucker Poolman
2018-07-24
Signed D Tucker Poolman to a three-year, $2.325 million contract.
2018-07-24
Colorado Avalanche logo
2018-07-23
Signed C Logan O'Connor to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2018-07-23
Vegas Golden Knights logo William Carrier
William Carrier
2018-07-23
Re-signed LW William Carrier to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
2018-07-23
New York Islanders logo Brock Nelson
Brock Nelson
2018-07-23
Re-signed C Brock Nelson to a one-year, $4.25 million contract.
2018-07-23
Winnipeg Jets logo Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba
2018-07-22
Re-signed D Jacob Trouba to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.
2018-07-22
Winnipeg Jets logo Brandon Tanev
Brandon Tanev
2018-07-22
Re-signed LW Brandon Tanev to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.
2018-07-22
New Jersey Devils logo Nick Lappin
Nick Lappin
2018-07-20
Signed RW Nick Lappin to a one-year, two-way contract.
2018-07-20
Vancouver Canucks logo Troy Stecher
Troy Stecher
2018-07-20
Re-signed D Troy Stecher to a two-year, $4.65 million contract.
2018-07-20

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 25 teams from across the U.S. and one from Canada — Brampton Beast. 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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