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.

Nashville Predators logo
2020-11-17
assigned C Philip Tomasino to Team Canada (WJC).
2020-11-17
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-11-16
signed RW Jack Quinn to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-11-16
New York Islanders logo
2020-11-16
assigned G Jakub Skarek to Heinolan Peliitat (Finland).
2020-11-16
Ottawa Senators logo
2020-11-13
signed LW Micheal Haley to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-11-13
Dallas Stars logo
2020-11-12
assigned C Ty Dellandrea to JYP (Finland).
2020-11-12
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2020-11-12
assigned LW Drew O'Connor to Manglerud (Norway).
2020-11-12
Winnipeg Jets logo
2020-11-09
signed C Cole Perfetti to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-11-09
Nashville Predators logo
2020-11-09
signed RW Luke Evangelista to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-11-09
Dallas Stars logo
2020-11-09
re-signed LW Roope Hintz to a three-year, $9.45 million contract.
2020-11-09
Anaheim Ducks logo
2020-11-07
signed D Jamie Drysdale to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-11-07
New York Rangers logo
2020-11-06
re-signed LW Brendan Lemieux to a two-year, $3.1 million contract.
2020-11-06
Nashville Predators logo
2020-11-06
assigned G Connor Ingram to Bjorkloven (Sweden).
2020-11-06
Winnipeg Jets logo
2020-11-05
re-signed LW Marko Dano to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
2020-11-05
New York Rangers logo
2020-11-05
re-signed C Ryan Strome to a two-year, $9 million contract.
2020-11-05
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2020-11-05
re-signed D Vladislav Gavrikov to a three-year, $8.4 million contract.
2020-11-05
Anaheim Ducks logo
2020-11-05
signed C Jacob Perreault to a three-year entry-level contract.
2020-11-05
Ottawa Senators logo
2020-11-04
signed D Christian Jaros to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $750,000.
2020-11-04
New York Islanders logo
2020-11-04
re-signed D Ryan Pulock to a two-year, $10 million contract.
2020-11-04
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-11-04
signed G Dustin Tokarski to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.45 million.
2020-11-04
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-11-04
re-signed D William Lagesson to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
2020-11-04
Detroit Red Wings logo
2020-11-03
re-signed RW Anthony Mantha to a four-year, $22.8 million contract.
2020-11-03
Florida Panthers logo
2020-11-03
re-signed LW Mason Marchment to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-11-03
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-11-02
signed RW Dominik Kahun to a one-year, $975,000 contract
2020-11-02
Dallas Stars logo
2020-11-02
assigned D Julius Honka to Lahden Pelicans (Finland).
2020-11-02
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-11-02
Reassigned C Pius Suter to the GCK Lions (Switzerland).
2020-11-02
San Jose Sharks logo
2020-11-02
signed RW Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-11-02
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-11-01
assigned G Jonas Johansson to Krefeld (Germany).
2020-11-01
San Jose Sharks logo
2020-11-01
assigned C Alexander True to Rungsted Seier Capital (Denmark).
2020-11-01
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2020-11-01
signed LW Warren Foegele to a one-year, $2.15 million contract.
2020-11-01
Winnipeg Jets logo
2020-10-30
re-signed D Sami Niku to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
2020-10-30
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2020-10-30
re-signed G Michael Hutchinson to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.45 million.
2020-10-30
Calgary Flames logo
2020-10-30
assigned C Glenn Gawdin to EHC Visp (Switzerland).
2020-10-30
Colorado Avalanche logo
2020-10-30
re-signed D Kyle Burroughs to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-10-30
Vancouver Canucks logo
2020-10-30
re-signed D Guillaume Brisebois to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-10-30
Winnipeg Jets logo
2020-10-30
assigned LW Skyler Mckenzie to EHC Freiburg (Germany).
2020-10-30
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2020-10-30
signed RW Joey Anderson to a three-year, $2.25 million contract extension.
2020-10-30
Dallas Stars logo
2020-10-30
re-signed D Julius Honka to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-10-30
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2020-10-29
signed RW Ryan MacInnis to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2020-10-29
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2020-10-29
re-signed LW Pat Maroon to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
2020-10-29
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2020-10-29
re-signed D Luke Schenn to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
2020-10-29
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-10-29
re-signed LW Victor Olofsson to a two-year, $6.1 million contract.
2020-10-29
Arizona Coyotes logo
2020-10-29
announced the organization has renounced the draft rights of D Mitchell Miller.
2020-10-29
New Jersey Devils logo
2020-10-29
signed D Colton White to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-10-29
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-10-29
assigned C Kirby Dach to Team Canada (WJC).
2020-10-29
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2020-10-28
assigned D Mac Hollowell to TUTO (Finland).
2020-10-28
Ottawa Senators logo
2020-10-28
signed C Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
2020-10-28
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-10-28
assigned C Marco Rossi to ZSC Lions (Switzerland).
2020-10-28
San Jose Sharks logo
2020-10-28
assigned D Artemi Kniazev to Bars Kazan (Russia).
2020-10-28
San Jose Sharks logo
2020-10-28
assigned RW Joachim Blichfeld to Metal Ligaen (Denmark).
2020-10-28
Arizona Coyotes logo
2020-10-28
assigned D Cameron Crotty to Sparta Sarpsborg (Norway).
2020-10-28

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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