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.

Washington Capitals logo Jayson Megna
Jayson Megna
2018-10-14
Assigned C Jayson Megna to Hershey (AHL).
2018-10-14
Winnipeg Jets logo Marko Dano
Marko Dano
2018-10-14
Waived LW Marko Dano.
2018-10-14
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Assigned G Charlie Lindgren to Laval (AHL). 2018-10-14
Anaheim Ducks logo Joseph Blandisi
Joseph Blandisi
2018-10-14
Recalled LW Joseph Blandisi from San Diego (AHL).
2018-10-14
Colorado Avalanche logo Sheldon Dries
Sheldon Dries
2018-10-14
Recalled C Sheldon Dries from Colorado (AHL).
2018-10-14
Vegas Golden Knights logo Jake Bischoff
Jake Bischoff
2018-10-14
Recalled D Jake Bischoff from Chicago (AHL).
2018-10-14
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Recalled G Charlie Lindgren from Laval (AHL). 2018-10-13
Boston Bruins logo
2018-10-13
Assigned C Martin Bakos to Providence (AHL).
2018-10-13
New York Islanders logo Stephen Gionta
Stephen Gionta
2018-10-13
Signed RW Stephen Gionta to a one-year contract.
2018-10-13
Vancouver Canucks logo Alex Biega
Alex Biega
2018-10-13
Waived D Alex Biega.
2018-10-13
Florida Panthers logo Ilya Kovalchuk
Ilya Kovalchuk
2018-10-13
Assigned D Jacob MacDonald to Springfield (AHL).
2018-10-13
Montreal Canadiens logo Charlie Lindgren Assigned G Charlie Lindgren to Laval (AHL). 2018-10-13
Ottawa Senators logo Christian Jaros
Christian Jaros
2018-10-12
Recalled D Christian Jaros from Belleville (AHL).
2018-10-12
Ottawa Senators logo Nick Paul
Nick Paul
2018-10-12
Recalled LW Nick Paul from Belleville (AHL).
2018-10-12
Ottawa Senators logo Alex Formenton
Alex Formenton
2018-10-12
Placed LW Alex Formenton on IR.
2018-10-12
Ottawa Senators logo Ryan Dzingel
Ryan Dzingel
2018-10-12
Placed LW Ryan Dzingel on IR.
2018-10-12
Arizona Coyotes logo Laurent Dauphin
Laurent Dauphin
2018-10-12
Assigned C Laurent Dauphin to Tucson (AHL).
2018-10-12
Colorado Avalanche logo Sheldon Dries
Sheldon Dries
2018-10-12
Assigned C Sheldon Dries to Colorado (AHL).
2018-10-12
Vegas Golden Knights logo Jake Bischoff
Jake Bischoff
2018-10-12
Assigned D Jake Bischoff to Chicago (AHL).
2018-10-12
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Tristan Jarry
Tristan Jarry
2018-10-11
Activated G Tristan Jarry from injured reserve.
2018-10-11
Calgary Flames logo Matt Taormina
Matt Taormina
2018-10-11
Assigned D Matt Taormina to Stockton (AHL).
2018-10-11
Vegas Golden Knights logo Tomas Hyka
Tomas Hyka
2018-10-11
Recalled RW Tomas Hyka from Chicago (AHL).
2018-10-11
Arizona Coyotes logo Laurent Dauphin
Laurent Dauphin
2018-10-11
Waived C Laurent Dauphin.
2018-10-11
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Tristan Jarry
Tristan Jarry
2018-10-11
Recalled G Tristan Jarry from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
2018-10-11
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Derek Grant
Derek Grant
2018-10-11
Assigned C Derek Grant to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
2018-10-11
New York Islanders logo Tanner Fritz
Tanner Fritz
2018-10-11
Assigned C Tanner Fritz to Bridgeport (AHL).
2018-10-11
Buffalo Sabres logo Johan Larsson
Johan Larsson
2018-10-11
Activated C Johan Larsson from injured reserve.
2018-10-11
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Gabriel Carlsson Assigned D Gabriel Carlsson to Cleveland (AHL). 2018-10-10
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Derek Grant
Derek Grant
2018-10-10
Waived C Derek Grant.
2018-10-10
New York Islanders logo Fyodor Tyutin
Fyodor Tyutin
2018-10-10
Waived C Jan Kovar.
2018-10-10
Calgary Flames logo Matt Taormina
Matt Taormina
2018-10-10
Waived D Matt Taormina.
2018-10-10
Philadelphia Flyers logo Alex Lyon
Alex Lyon
2018-10-10
Assigned G Alex Lyon to Lehigh Valley (AHL).
2018-10-10
Philadelphia Flyers logo Alex Lyon
Alex Lyon
2018-10-10
Activated G Alex Lyon from injured reserve.
2018-10-10
Vegas Golden Knights logo Cody Eakin
Cody Eakin
2018-10-10
Activated C Cody Eakin from injured reserve.
2018-10-10
Washington Capitals logo Michal Kempny
Michal Kempny
2018-10-10
Activated D Michal Kempny from injured reserve.
2018-10-10
Anaheim Ducks logo Pontus Aberg
Pontus Aberg
2018-10-09
Assigned LW Pontus Aberg to San Diego(AHL).
2018-10-09
Arizona Coyotes logo Barrett Hayton
Barrett Hayton
2018-10-09
Assigned C Barrett Hayton to Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).
2018-10-09
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2018-10-09
Announced D Henrik Tallinder has retired.
2018-10-09
Florida Panthers logo Juho Lammikko
Juho Lammikko
2018-10-09
Recalled RW Juho Lammikko from Springfield (AHL).
2018-10-09
Chicago Blackhawks logo Alexandre Fortin Recalled LW Alexandre Fortin from Rockford (AHL). 2018-10-09
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Scott Harrington Activated D Scott Harrington from injured reserve. 2018-10-08
Los Angeles Kings logo Matt Luff
Matt Luff
2018-10-08
Assigned RW Matt Luff to Ontario (AHL).
2018-10-08
St. Louis Blues logo Chris Butler
Chris Butler
2018-10-07
Assigned D Chris Butler to San Antonio (AHL).
2018-10-07
San Jose Sharks logo Joe Thornton
Joe Thornton
2018-10-07
Placed C Joe Thornton on IR.
2018-10-07
San Jose Sharks logo Dylan Gambrell
Dylan Gambrell
2018-10-07
Recalled C Dylan Gambrell from San Jose (AHL).
2018-10-07
Minnesota Wild logo Luke Kunin
Luke Kunin
2018-10-07
Assigned C Luke Kunin to Iowa (AHL).
2018-10-07
Los Angeles Kings logo Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
2018-10-07
Recalled G Peter Budaj from Ontario (AHL).
2018-10-07
Arizona Coyotes logo Laurent Dauphin
Laurent Dauphin
2018-10-07
Recalled C Laurent Dauphin from Tucson (AHL).
2018-10-07
Anaheim Ducks logo Pontus Aberg
Pontus Aberg
2018-10-07
Waived RW Pontus Aberg.
2018-10-07
Florida Panthers logo Michael Hutchinson Recalled G Michael Hutchinson from Springfield (AHL). 2018-10-07

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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