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.

Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-12-07
recalled RW Filip Zadina from Grand Rapids (AHL).
2019-12-07
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-12-07
activated RW Kyle Okposo from injured reserve.
2019-12-07
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-12-07
activated C Jay Beagle from injured reserve.
2019-12-07
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-12-07
activated LW Micheal Ferland from injured reserve.
2019-12-07
Los Angeles Kings logo
2019-12-07
recalled D Derek Forbort from Ontario (AHL).
2019-12-07
Montreal Canadiens logo
2019-12-07
assigned LW Charles Hudon to Laval (AHL).
2019-12-07
Anaheim Ducks logo
2019-12-07
recalled C Sam Carrick from San Diego (AHL).
2019-12-07
Anaheim Ducks logo
2019-12-07
assigned G Anthony Stolarz to San Diego (AHL).
2019-12-07
Boston Bruins logo
2019-12-07
activated RW Brett Ritchie from injured reserve.
2019-12-07
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-12-07
NHL fined LW Brady Tkachuk $2,486.56 for cross-checking.
2019-12-07
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-12-07
assigned C Zack MacEwen to Utica (AHL).
2019-12-07
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-06
recalled LW Nic Petan from Toronto (AHL).
2019-12-06
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-06
recalled RW Pontus Aberg from Toronto (AHL).
2019-12-06
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-06
recalled D Martin Marincin from Toronto (AHL).
2019-12-06
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2019-12-06
activated D Justin Schutz from injured reserve.
2019-12-06
New York Rangers logo
2019-12-06
assigned C Boo Nieves to Hartford (AHL).
2019-12-06
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-12-06
assigned RW Nikolay Goldobin to Utica (AHL).
2019-12-06
Nashville Predators logo
2019-12-06
recalled C Yakov Trenin from Milwaukee (AHL).
2019-12-06
New Jersey Devils logo
2019-12-06
Loaned D Connor Carrick to Binghamton (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
2019-12-06
New Jersey Devils logo
2019-12-06
recalled D Colton White from Binghamton (AHL).
2019-12-06
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-12-06
activated D Cody Goloubef from injured reserve.
2019-12-06
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-12-06
recalled D Greg Pateryn from Iowa (AHL).
2019-12-06
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-12-06
assigned RW Cory Conacher to Syracuse (AHL).
2019-12-06
Pittsburgh Penguins logo
2019-12-06
assigned D Zach Trotman to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
2019-12-06
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-12-06
recalled C Nico Sturm from Iowa (AHL).
2019-12-06
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-06
placed LW Andreas Johnsson on IR.
2019-12-06
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-12-05
recalled RW Cory Conacher from Syracuse (AHL).
2019-12-05
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-12-05
assigned D Erik Brannstrom to Belleville (AHL).
2019-12-05
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-12-05
assigned G Marcus Hogberg to Belleville (AHL).
2019-12-05
New York Islanders logo
2019-12-05
Loaned RW Tom Kuhnhackl to Bridgeport (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
2019-12-05
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-12-05
recalled D Brennan Menell from Iowa (AHL).
2019-12-05
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-12-05
assigned RW Logan O'Connor to Colorado (AHL).
2019-12-05
Boston Bruins logo
2019-12-05
activated D John Moore from injured reserve.
2019-12-05
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-12-05
activated LW Gabriel Landeskog from injured reserve.
2019-12-05
Washington Capitals logo
2019-12-05
assigned D Tobias Geisser to EV Zug (Switzerland).
2019-12-05
Winnipeg Jets logo
2019-12-05
activated D Nathan Beaulieu from injured reserve.
2019-12-05
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-12-04
assigned G Garret Sparks to Chicago (AHL).
2019-12-04
Nashville Predators logo
2019-12-04
NHL fined C Ryan Johansen $5,000 for elbowing an opponent.
2019-12-04
Nashville Predators logo
2019-12-04
assigned RW Mathieu Olivier to Milwaukee (AHL).
2019-12-04
Montreal Canadiens logo
2019-12-04
assigned D Gustav Olofsson to Laval (AHL).
2019-12-04
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2019-12-04
recalled D Dennis Gilbert from Rockford (AHL).
2019-12-04
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-12-04
NHL fined LW Evander Kane $5,000 for elbowing an opponent.
2019-12-04
Calgary Flames logo
2019-12-04
Loaned C Austin Czarnik to to Stockton (AHL) on a conditioning assignment.
2019-12-04
Buffalo Sabres logo
2019-12-04
assigned C Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester (AHL).
2019-12-04
Winnipeg Jets logo
2019-12-04
assigned C Michael Spacek to Manitoba (AHL).
2019-12-04
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-12-04
recalled LW Lean Bergmann from San Jose (AHL).
2019-12-04
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-04
activated RW Mitchell Marner from injured reserve.
2019-12-04
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-04
assigned D Martin Marincin to Toronto (AHL).
2019-12-04
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-04
assigned LW Nic Petan to Toronto (AHL).
2019-12-04
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-12-04
assigned LW Mason Marchment to Toronto (AHL).
2019-12-04

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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