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.

Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2020-04-02
signed D Tim Berni to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-04-02
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-04-02
signed C Matthew Highmore to a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension.
2020-04-02
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-04-02
signed G Kevin Lankinen to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension.
2020-04-02
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-04-02
signed C Evan Barratt to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-04-02
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2020-04-02
signed RW Andrel Altybarmakyan to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-04-02
New York Rangers logo
2020-04-02
signed C Justin Richards to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-04-02
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2020-04-01
signed D Kristians Rubins to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-04-01
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2020-04-01
signed D Filip Kral to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-04-01
San Jose Sharks logo
2020-03-31
signed LW John Leonard to an entry-level contract.
2020-03-31
Florida Panthers logo
2020-03-30
signed D John Ludvig to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-30
New Jersey Devils logo
2020-03-30
announced G Eddie Lack has retired.
2020-03-30
Arizona Coyotes logo
2020-03-30
signed C Michael Chaput to a one-year, two-way contract.
2020-03-30
Los Angeles Kings logo
2020-03-30
signed C Tyler Madden to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-30
San Jose Sharks logo
2020-03-30
signed D Brinson Pasichnuk to an entry-level contract.
2020-03-30
Colorado Avalanche logo
2020-03-27
signed D Jacob MacDonald to a two-year, two-way contract extension.
2020-03-27
Anaheim Ducks logo
2020-03-27
signed C Trevor Zegras to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-27
St. Louis Blues logo
2020-03-27
signed D Scott Perunovich to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-27
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2020-03-27
signed RW Wade Allison to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-27
Boston Bruins logo
2020-03-27
signed D Jack Ahcan to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-27
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-03-26
signed G Hunter Jones to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-26
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-03-26
signed RW Jesse Ylonen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-26
Colorado Avalanche logo
2020-03-26
signed C T.J. Tynan to a one-year, two-way contract worth $800,000.
2020-03-26
Florida Panthers logo
2020-03-26
signed D Alec Rauhauser to a one-year, two-way contract.
2020-03-26
Florida Panthers logo
2020-03-26
signed D Maxwell Gildon to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-26
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-03-25
signed D Mattias Samuelsson to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-25
Nashville Predators logo
2020-03-25
signed C Thomas Novak to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-25
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-03-25
signed D Gustav Olofsson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000.
2020-03-25
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2020-03-24
signed C David Cotton to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-24
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2020-03-24
signed C Jason Cotton to a one-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-24
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-03-24
signed C Dean Evason to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-24
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-03-24
signed RW Mitchell Chaffee to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-24
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-03-23
signed LW Adam Beckman to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-23
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-03-23
signed LW Dawson Dipietro to an entry-level contract.
2020-03-23
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2020-03-23
signed C Tanner Laczynski to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-23
Minnesota Wild logo
2020-03-23
signed C Damien Giroux to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-23
Nashville Predators logo
2020-03-23
signed G Connor Ingram to a three-year, $2.2 million contract extension.
2020-03-23
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2020-03-22
signed D Zach Whitecloud to a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension.
2020-03-22
Edmonton Oilers logo
2020-03-21
signed C Raphael Lavoie to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-21
St. Louis Blues logo
2020-03-20
signed RW Hugh McGing to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-20
Arizona Coyotes logo
2020-03-20
signed RW Nate Sucese to a one-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-20
Nashville Predators logo
2020-03-20
signed C Patrick Harper to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-20
Montreal Canadiens logo
2020-03-20
signed C Alex Belzile to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-03-20
New York Rangers logo
2020-03-20
signed RW Austin Rueschhoff to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-20
Calgary Flames logo
2020-03-20
signed D Connor Mackey to a one-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-20
Calgary Flames logo
2020-03-20
signed C Colton Poolman to a one-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-20
Nashville Predators logo
2020-03-19
signed RW Cole Smith to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.
2020-03-19
Arizona Coyotes logo
2020-03-19
signed RW Ryan Mcgregor to a three-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-19
Vancouver Canucks logo
2020-03-19
signed RW William Lockwood to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-19
Vancouver Canucks logo
2020-03-19
signed LW Marc Michaelis to a one-year, $925,000 contract.
2020-03-19
Buffalo Sabres logo
2020-03-18
signed LW Brandon Biro to a two-year, entry-level contract.
2020-03-18

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.

Bookmark PuckPedia to make sure you never miss an NHL transaction.