Everything There Is to Know About NHL Transactions

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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.

Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-09-23
signed C Jake Evans to a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension.
2020-09-23
Nashville Predators logo
2020-09-23
signed RW Michael McCarron to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2020-09-23
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-23
assigned RW Patrick Russell to Rungsted Seier Capital (Denmark).
2020-09-23
Detroit Red Wings logo
2020-09-23
assigned C Michael Rasmussen to Team Graz 99ers (Austria).
2020-09-23
Calgary Flames logo
2020-09-22
assigned RW Eetu Tuulola to Vasterviks IK (Sweden).
2020-09-22
Winnipeg Jets logo
2020-09-22
assigned G Mikhail Berdin to SKA St. Petersburg (KHL).
2020-09-22
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-21
assigned LW Tyler Benson to GCK Lions (Sweden).
2020-09-21
Detroit Red Wings logo
2020-09-21
assigned D Jared McIsaac to HPK (Finland).
2020-09-21
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-09-21
assigned D Oskari Laaksonen to Lahden Pelicans (Finland).
2020-09-21
Washington Capitals logo
2020-09-19
signed RW Daniel Sprong to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
2020-09-19
Washington Capitals logo
2020-09-18
signed RW Daniel Sprong to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
2020-09-18
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-18
assigned C Cooper Marody to Dornbirn Bulldogs (Austria).
2020-09-18
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2020-09-18
re-signed LW Jared McCann to a two-year, $5.88 million contract.
2020-09-18
Washington Capitals logo
2020-09-17
signed C Brian Pinho to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
2020-09-17
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2020-09-17
assigned D Linus Hogberg to HC Vita Hasten (Sweden).
2020-09-17
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2020-09-17
signed RW Nicolas Aube-Kubel to a two-year, $1.075 million contract extension.
2020-09-17
New Jersey Devils logo
2020-09-17
assigned LW Janne Kuokkanen to Oulun Karpat Oy (Finland).
2020-09-17
New Jersey Devils logo
2020-09-16
assigned RW Fabian Zetterlund to HC Vita Vasten (Sweden).
2020-09-16
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-09-16
signed D Joel Edmundson to a four-year, $14 million contract.
2020-09-16
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-09-16
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild for Marcus Johansson
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2020-09-16
Arizona Coyotes logo
2020-09-15
signed G Adin Hill to a one-year, $800,000 contract extension.
2020-09-15
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-09-15
signed D Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension.
2020-09-15
Washington Capitals logo
2020-09-14
assigned LW Axel Jonsson-Fjallby to Vastervik IK (Sweden).
2020-09-14
Colorado Avalanche logo
2020-09-14
assigned RW Martin Kaut to HC Dynamo (Czech Republic).
2020-09-14
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2020-09-12
announced LW Alex Killorn to has served his suspension.
2020-09-12
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-09-12
assigned C Hayden Verbeek to Banska Bystrica HC05 (Slovakia).
2020-09-12
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2020-09-12
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens acquired Joel Edmundson from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 2020 fifth round pick
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2020-09-12
Los Angeles Kings logo
2020-09-11
signed D Sean Walker to a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension.
2020-09-11
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2020-09-11
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Minnesota Wild acquired Nick Bjugstad from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2021 7th Round Pick
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2020-09-11
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-10
signed RW Adam Cracknell to a one-year, two-way contract.
2020-09-10
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2020-09-10
(NHL) suspended LW Alex Killorn one game for boarding.
2020-09-10
St. Louis Blues logo
2020-09-10
signed LW Jacob De La Rose to a one-year, $700,000 contract extension.
2020-09-10
Boston Bruins logo
2020-09-10
assigned C Oskar Steen to IF Bjorkleven (Sweden).
2020-09-10
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2020-09-09
signed D Alexander Green to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-09-09
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-08
assigned D Evan Bouchard to Sodertalje SK (Sweden).
2020-09-08
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-08
assigned C Gaetan Haas to SC Bern (Switzerland).
2020-09-08
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2020-09-08
assigned G Veini Vehvilainen to JYP Jyvaskyla (Finland).
2020-09-08
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2020-09-08
assigned C Alexandre Texier to KalPa (Finland).
2020-09-08
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2020-09-08
assigned RW Emil Bemstrom to HIFK Helsinki (Finland).
2020-09-08
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-09-08
assigned C Pius Suter to GCK Lions (Switzerland).
2020-09-08
Los Angeles Kings logo
2020-09-08
assigned D Jacob Moverare to SaiPa (Sweden).
2020-09-08
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-09-06
assigned C Lukas Vejdemo to Sodertalje SK (Sweden).
2020-09-06
Los Angeles Kings logo
2020-09-05
assigned LW Carl Grundstrom to IF Bjorklowen (Sweden).
2020-09-05
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-09-05
assigned C Ryan McLeod to EV Zug (Switzerland).
2020-09-05
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2020-09-05
re-signed D Juuso Riikola to a two-year, $2.3-million contract.
2020-09-05
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2020-09-05
(NHL) suspended RW Ryan Reaves one game for an illegal check to the head.
2020-09-05
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-09-04
signed C Lukas Vejdemo to a one-year, two-way contract.
2020-09-04
Washington Capitals logo
2020-09-03
assigned D Alexander Alexeyev to Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL).
2020-09-03
Vancouver Canucks logo
2020-09-03
recalled G Jake Kielly from Utica (AHL).
2020-09-03
Detroit Red Wings logo
2020-09-02
assigned G Filip Larsson to Almtuna (Sweden).
2020-09-02

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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