Everything There Is to Know About NHL Transactions

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Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-08-14
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired a 2020 fourth round pick from the Detroit Red Wings for Adam Erne
2019-08-14
Arizona Coyotes logo
2019-08-13
announced LW Tomas Surovy has retired.
2019-08-13
Los Angeles Kings logo
2019-08-13
announced D Kevin Dallman has retired.
2019-08-13
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2019-08-13
signed D Philip Holm to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2019-08-13
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-08-09
signed D Hunter Warner to a one-year, two-way contract.
2019-08-09
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-08-08
signed C Marko Dano to a one-year, two-way contract.
2019-08-08
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2019-08-08
signed D John Marino to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-08-08
Edmonton Oilers logo
2019-08-06
announced LW Josh Green to has retired.
2019-08-06
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-08-06
signed G Anton Forsberg to a one-year, $775,000 contract.
2019-08-06
St. Louis Blues logo
2019-08-06
re-signed D Joel Edmundson to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.
2019-08-06
Nashville Predators logo
2019-08-06
re-signed RW Rocco Grimaldi to a one-year, $1 million contract.
2019-08-06
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-08-06
TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired Trevor Carrick from the Carolina Hurricanes for Kyle Wood
2019-08-06
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-08-05
signed D Kevin Shattenkirk to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
2019-08-05
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-08-03
signed D Jake McCabe to a two-year, $5.7 million contract.
2019-08-03
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-08-03
re-signed G Linus Ullmark to a one-year, $1.325 million contract.
2019-08-03
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-08-01
announced RW Andreas Nodl has retired.
2019-08-01
Calgary Flames logo
2019-08-01
Bought out the remaining years of the contract of D Michael Stone.
2019-08-01
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-08-01
signed RW A.J. Greer to a one-year, two-way contract worth $735,000.
2019-08-01
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-08-01
signed LW Remi Elie to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2019-08-01
St. Louis Blues logo
2019-08-01
signed C Nikita Alexandrov to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-08-01
Dallas Stars logo
2019-07-31
announced C Travis Morin has retired.
2019-07-31
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-07-31
signed LW Marcus Kallionkieli to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2019-07-31
Nashville Predators logo
2019-07-31
re-signed D Will Butcher to a three-year, $11.19 million contract.
2019-07-31
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-07-31
signed D Samuel Girard to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension.
2019-07-31
New York Rangers logo
2019-07-31
Bought out the remaining years of the contract of D Kevin Shattenkirk.
2019-07-31
Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-07-31
announced C Wade Megan has retired.
2019-07-31
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-07-30
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired Mike Condon and a 2020 sixth round pick from the Ottawa Senators for Ryan Callahan and a 2020 fifth round pick
2019-07-30
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2019-07-30
announced LW Chris Kunitz has retired.
2019-07-30
Calgary Flames logo
2019-07-30
announced RW Tomi Maki has retired.
2019-07-30
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-07-30
Announce RW Patrick Dwyer has retired.
2019-07-30
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-07-30
re-signed C Vladislav Kamenev to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
2019-07-30
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-07-29
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Nikita Gusev from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2021 second round pick and 2020 third round pick
2019-07-29
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-07-29
signed G Andrei Vasilevskiy to a eight-year, $76 million contract extension.
2019-07-29
Calgary Flames logo
2019-07-27
re-signed G David Rittich to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.
2019-07-27
Montreal Canadiens logo
2019-07-27
re-signed RW Michael McCarron to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2019-07-27
Washington Capitals logo
2019-07-27
re-signed C Chandler Stephenson to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.
2019-07-27
Edmonton Oilers logo
2019-07-26
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Oilers traded John Marino to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional 2021 sixth round pick
2019-07-26
Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-07-26
re-signed C Dominic Turgeon to a one-year contract.
2019-07-26
New York Rangers logo
2019-07-26
signed RW Pavel Buchnevich to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.
2019-07-26
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-07-25
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Toronto Maple Leafs traded Andreas Borgman to the St Louis Blues for Jordan Schmaltz
2019-07-25
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-07-25
re-signed LW Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $2 million contract.
2019-07-25
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-07-25
re-signed C Sheldon Dries to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
2019-07-25
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-07-25
signed LW Max McCormick to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2019-07-25
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-07-24
signed LW Pontus Aberg to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
2019-07-24
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-07-24
signed C Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2019-07-24
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-07-24
signed C Kalle Kossila to a two-year, two-way contract worth $1.4 million.
2019-07-24
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-07-24
signed LW Garrett Wilson to a one-year, $725,000 contract.
2019-07-24
Washington Capitals logo
2019-07-24
re-signed D Christian Djoos to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
2019-07-24
Calgary Flames logo
2019-07-24
re-signed C Sam Bennett to a two-year, $5.1 million contract.
2019-07-24
New York Rangers logo
2019-07-24
re-signed RW Vinni Lettieri to a one-year contract.
2019-07-24

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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