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.

Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-10-16
assigned D Kevin Connauton to Colorado (AHL).
2019-10-16
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-10-16
activated LW J.T. Compher from injured reserve.
2019-10-16
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-10-15
signed RW Chris Stewart to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
2019-10-15
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-10-15
recalled D Ashton Sautner from Utica (AHL).
2019-10-15
Dallas Stars logo
2019-10-15
assigned C Joel L'Esperance to Texas (AHL).
2019-10-15
Dallas Stars logo
2019-10-15
assigned RW Nick Caamano to Texas (AHL).
2019-10-15
Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-10-15
activated D Trevor Daley from injured reserve.
2019-10-15
Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-10-15
activated C Frans Nielsen from injured reserve.
2019-10-15
Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-10-15
assigned LW Evgeny Svechnikov to Grand Rapids (AHL).
2019-10-15
Nashville Predators logo
2019-10-15
waived RW Daniel Carr.
2019-10-15
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-10-15
assigned D Andy Welinski to Lehigh Valley (AHL).
2019-10-15
Dallas Stars logo
2019-10-15
recalled RW Denis Gurianov from Texas (AHL).
2019-10-15
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-10-15
activated C Tyler Motte from injured reserve.
2019-10-15
Dallas Stars logo
2019-10-15
activated RW Corey Perry from injured reserve.
2019-10-15
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-10-14
recalled LW Nick Paul from Belleville (AHL).
2019-10-14
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-10-14
recalled RW Jordan Szwarz from Belleville (AHL).
2019-10-14
New York Islanders logo
2019-10-14
recalled RW Oliver Wahlstrom from Bridgeport (AHL).
2019-10-14
Arizona Coyotes logo
2019-10-14
recalled D Kyle Capobianco from Tucson (AHL).
2019-10-14
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-10-14
recalled G Zane McIntyre from Utica (AHL).
2019-10-14
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-10-14
recalled D Kevin Gravel from Toronto (AHL).
2019-10-14
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-10-14
assigned D Rasmus Sandin to Toronto (AHL).
2019-10-14
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-10-14
assigned C Liam Foudy to London (OHL).
2019-10-14
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-10-14
waived D Andy Welinski.
2019-10-14
Anaheim Ducks logo
2019-10-14
assigned C Isac Lundestrom to San Diego (AHL).
2019-10-14
Anaheim Ducks logo
2019-10-14
activated C Sam Steel from injured reserve.
2019-10-14
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-10-14
activated C Liam Foudy from the non-roster injured reserve.
2019-10-14
Edmonton Oilers logo
2019-10-13
assigned C Colby Cave to Bakersfield (AHL).
2019-10-13
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-10-13
assigned RW Vitaly Abramov to Belleville (AHL).
2019-10-13
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-10-13
recalled C Gerald Mayhew from Iowa (AHL).
2019-10-13
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-10-13
assigned RW Ivan Lodnia to Niagara (OHL).
2019-10-13
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-10-13
recalled C Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL).
2019-10-13
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-10-13
recalled LW Brian Gibbons from Charlotte (AHL).
2019-10-13
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-10-13
assigned RW Julien Gauthier to Charlotte (AHL).
2019-10-13
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-10-12
recalled G Oscar Dansk from Chicago (AHL).
2019-10-12
Edmonton Oilers logo
2019-10-12
waived C Colby Cave.
2019-10-12
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2019-10-12
assigned C Kirby Dach to Rockford (AHL).
2019-10-12
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-10-11
recalled LW Markus Hannikainen from Cleveland (AHL).
2019-10-11
Dallas Stars logo
2019-10-11
assigned RW Denis Gurianov to Texas (AHL).
2019-10-11
Winnipeg Jets logo
2019-10-11
assigned D Sami Niku to Manitoba (AHL).
2019-10-11
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-10-11
recalled D Jake Bischoff from Chicago (AHL).
2019-10-11
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-10-11
assigned D Jimmy Schuldt to Chicago (AHL).
2019-10-11
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2019-10-11
recalled LW Joseph Blandisi from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
2019-10-11
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2019-10-11
assigned LW Andrew Agozzino to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
2019-10-11
Arizona Coyotes logo
2019-10-11
assigned D Kyle Capobianco to Tucson (AHL).
2019-10-11
Arizona Coyotes logo
2019-10-11
recalled D Ilya Lyubushkin from Tucson (AHL).
2019-10-11
New Jersey Devils logo
2019-10-11
recalled D Matt Tennyson from Binghamton (AHL).
2019-10-11
Montreal Canadiens logo
2019-10-11
assigned D Noah Juulsen to Laval (AHL).
2019-10-11
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-10-11
assigned C Nicolas Roy to Chicago (AHL).
2019-10-11
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2019-10-10
activated D Connor Murphy from injured reserve.
2019-10-10
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-10-10
assigned LW Jonny Brodzinski to San Jose (AHL).
2019-10-10

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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