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.

Ottawa Senators logo Darren Archibald Recalled RW Darren Archibald from Belleville (AHL). 2019-02-21
Ottawa Senators logo Filip Chlapik
Filip Chlapik
2019-02-21
Recalled C Filip Chlapik from Belleville (AHL).
2019-02-21
Washington Capitals logo Carl Hagelin
Carl Hagelin
2019-02-21
Acquired LW Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings for a 2019 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 sixth-round draft pick.
2019-02-21
Los Angeles Kings logo Jonny Brodzinski Recalled RW Jonny Brodzinski from Ontario (AHL). 2019-02-21
Minnesota Wild logo J.T. Brown
J.T. Brown
2019-02-21
Recalled RW J.T. Brown from Iowa (AHL).
2019-02-21
Philadelphia Flyers logo Mike McKenna
Mike McKenna
2019-02-21
Assigned G Mike McKenna to Lehigh Valley (AHL).
2019-02-21
New York Rangers logo Lias Andersson
Lias Andersson
2019-02-21
Recalled C Lias Andersson from Hartford (AHL).
2019-02-21
Washington Capitals logo Devante Smith-Pelly Assigned RW Devante Smith-Pelly to Hershey (AHL). 2019-02-21
Dallas Stars logo Landon Bow
Landon Bow
2019-02-21
Assigned G Landon Bow to Texas (AHL).
2019-02-21
Nashville Predators logo Tyler Gaudet
Tyler Gaudet
2019-02-21
Recalled C Tyler Gaudet from Milwaukee (AHL).
2019-02-21
Boston Bruins logo Peter Cehlarik
Peter Cehlarik
2019-02-21
Recalled LW Peter Cehlarik from Providence (AHL).
2019-02-21
Boston Bruins logo Trent Frederic
Trent Frederic
2019-02-21
Assigned C Trent Frederic to Providence (AHL).
2019-02-21
Minnesota Wild logo Ryan Donato
Ryan Donato
2019-02-21
Recalled C Ryan Donato from Iowa (AHL).
2019-02-21
Dallas Stars logo Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
2019-02-21
Activated G Ben Bishop from injured reserve.
2019-02-21
Los Angeles Kings logo Jonny Brodzinski Activated LW Jonny Brodzinski from injured reserve. 2019-02-21
Philadelphia Flyers logo Mike McKenna
Mike McKenna
2019-02-20
Waived G Mike McKenna.
2019-02-20
Washington Capitals logo Devante Smith-Pelly Waived RW Devante Smith-Pelly. 2019-02-20
Arizona Coyotes logo Michael Bunting
Michael Bunting
2019-02-20
Assigned LW Michael Bunting to Tucson (AHL).
2019-02-20
San Jose Sharks logo Micheal Haley
Micheal Haley
2019-02-20
Acquired C Micheal Haley off waivers from the Florida Panthers.
2019-02-20
Philadelphia Flyers logo Robert Hagg
Robert Hagg
2019-02-20
NHL fined D Robert Hagg $3,091.40 for interference against an opponent.
2019-02-20
Philadelphia Flyers logo Radko Gudas
Radko Gudas
2019-02-20
NHL suspended D Radko Gudas two games for high-sticking an opponent.
2019-02-20
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Joseph Cramarossa Signed C Joseph Cramarossa to a one-year, two-way contract. 2019-02-20
Pittsburgh Penguins logo Joseph Cramarossa Waived C Joseph Cramarossa. 2019-02-20
Tampa Bay Lightning logo Mathieu Joseph
Mathieu Joseph
2019-02-20
Recalled RW Mathieu Joseph from Syracuse (AHL).
2019-02-20
Tampa Bay Lightning logo Jan Rutta
Jan Rutta
2019-02-20
Assigned D Jan Rutta to Syracuse (AHL).
2019-02-20
Dallas Stars logo Joel Hanley
Joel Hanley
2019-02-20
Re-signed D Joel Hanley to a two-year, two-way contract extension worth $1.4 million.
2019-02-20
Vegas Golden Knights logo Nick Holden
Nick Holden
2019-02-20
Activated D Nick Holden from injured reserve.
2019-02-20
Buffalo Sabres logo Casey Nelson
Casey Nelson
2019-02-20
Activated D Casey Nelson from injured reserve.
2019-02-20
Anaheim Ducks logo Patrick Eaves
Patrick Eaves
2019-02-20
Assigned RW Patrick Eaves to San Diego (AHL)..
2019-02-20
Florida Panthers logo MacKenzie Weegar Activated D MacKenzie Weegar from injured reserve. 2019-02-20
Philadelphia Flyers logo Cam Talbot
Cam Talbot
2019-02-20
Activated G Cam Talbot from injured reserve.
2019-02-20
Vegas Golden Knights logo Jake Bischoff
Jake Bischoff
2019-02-20
Assigned D Jake Bischoff to Chicago (AHL).
2019-02-20
San Jose Sharks logo Dylan Gambrell
Dylan Gambrell
2019-02-20
Recalled C Dylan Gambrell from San Jose (AHL).
2019-02-20
San Jose Sharks logo Dylan Gambrell
Dylan Gambrell
2019-02-20
Assigned C Dylan Gambrell to San Jose (AHL).
2019-02-20
Arizona Coyotes logo Jordan Oesterle
Jordan Oesterle
2019-02-20
Signed D Jordan Oesterle to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension.
2019-02-20
Boston Bruins logo Charlie Coyle
Charlie Coyle
2019-02-20
Acquired C Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild for C Ryan Donato and a conditional 2019 fifth-round draft pick.
2019-02-20
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Adam Clendening
Adam Clendening
2019-02-19
Recalled D Adam Clendening from Cleveland (AHL).
2019-02-19
Columbus Blue Jackets logo Kole Sherwood
Kole Sherwood
2019-02-19
Assigned RW Kole Sherwood to Cleveland (AHL).
2019-02-19
Philadelphia Flyers logo Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
2019-02-19
Recalled G Brian Elliott from Lehigh Valley (AHL).
2019-02-19
Anaheim Ducks logo Patrick Eaves
Patrick Eaves
2019-02-19
Waived RW Patrick Eaves.
2019-02-19
Florida Panthers logo Micheal Haley
Micheal Haley
2019-02-19
Waived C Micheal Haley.
2019-02-19
Winnipeg Jets logo Tucker Poolman
Tucker Poolman
2019-02-19
Recalled D Tucker Poolman from Manitoba (AHL).
2019-02-19
Edmonton Oilers logo Brandon Manning
Brandon Manning
2019-02-19
Assigned D Brandon Manning to Bakersfield (AHL).
2019-02-19
Vancouver Canucks logo Michael Leighton Signed G Michael Leighton to a one-year, two-way contract. 2019-02-19
Montreal Canadiens logo Dale Weise
Dale Weise
2019-02-19
Assigned RW Dale Weise to Laval (AHL).
2019-02-19
Nashville Predators logo Tom McCollum
Tom McCollum
2019-02-19
Signed G Tom McCollum one-year, $650,000 contract.
2019-02-19
Nashville Predators logo Tom McCollum
Tom McCollum
2019-02-19
Waived G Tom McCollum.
2019-02-19
New York Islanders logo Michael Dal Colle Assigned LW Michael Dal Colle to Bridgeport (AHL). 2019-02-19
New York Islanders logo Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
2019-02-19
Recalled LW Andrew Ladd from Bridgeport (AHL).
2019-02-19
New York Islanders logo Thomas Hickey
Thomas Hickey
2019-02-19
Recalled D Thomas Hickey from Bridgeport (AHL).
2019-02-19

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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