Everything There Is to Know About NHL Transactions

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Washington Capitals logo
2019-06-25
Announced D Brooks Orpik has retired.
2019-06-25
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-06-25
Re-signed D Adam Clendening to a two-year contract extension through 2021.
2019-06-25
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-06-25
Re-signed D Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract worth $800,000.
2019-06-25
Arizona Coyotes logo
2019-06-25
Acquired C Carl Soderberg from the Colorado Avalanche for D Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third-round draft pick.
2019-06-25
Colorado Avalanche logo
2019-06-25
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Carl Soderberg from the Colorado Avalanche for Kevin Cannauton and a 2020 third round pick
2019-06-25
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-24
Signed D Travis Sanheim to a two-year, $6.5 million contract extension.
2019-06-24
Minnesota Wild logo
2019-06-24
Signed D Brad Hunt to a two-year, two-way contract extension worth $1.4 million.
2019-06-24
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-24
Acquired C Tyler Pitlick from the Dallas Stars for RW Ryan Hartman.
2019-06-24
St. Louis Blues logo
2019-06-24
Waived C Adam Musil.
2019-06-24
Chicago Blackhawks logo
2019-06-24
Acquired D Calvin de Haan and C Aleksi Saarela from the Carolina Hurricanes for G Anton Forsberg and D Gustav Forsling.
2019-06-24
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-06-24
Signed C William Karlsson to an eight-year, $47.2 million contract extension.
2019-06-24
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-24
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Tyler Pitlick from the Dallas Stars for Ryan Hartman
2019-06-24
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-06-24
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired Calvin De Haan and Aleksi Saarela from the Carolina Hurricanes for Anton Forsberg and Gustav Forsling
2019-06-24
St. Louis Blues logo
2019-06-23
Signed LW Jordan Nolan to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2019-06-23
St. Louis Blues logo
2019-06-23
Signed C Nolan Stevens to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2019-06-23
Nashville Predators logo
2019-06-23
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired Adam Helewka from the Nashville Predators for Future Considerations
2019-06-23
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Carolina Hurricanes acquired Patrick Marleau, a conditional 2020 First Round Pick and a 2020 seventh round pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2020 sixth round pick
2019-06-22
Nashville Predators logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The New Jersey Devils acquired PK Subban from the Nashville Predators for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies, 2019 second round pick and 2020 second round pick
2019-06-22
Nashville Predators logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired 2019 second round pick (#34) from the Nashville Predators for 2019 second round pick (#45) & 2019 third round pick (#65)
2019-06-22
Carolina Hurricanes logo
2019-06-22
Acquired LW Patrick Marleau, a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick and a 2020 seventh-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick.
2019-06-22
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vancouver Canucks acquired JT Miller from Tampa Bay Lightning for Conditional 2020 First Round Pick, 2019 third round pick and Marek Mazanec
2019-06-22
New Jersey Devils logo
2019-06-22
Acquired D P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators for D Steven Santini, D Jeremy Davies, a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 second-round draft pick.
2019-06-22
New Jersey Devils logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired John Quenneville from the New Jersey Devils for John Hayden
2019-06-22
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-06-22
Acquired C J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning for G Marek Mazanec, a 2019 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick.
2019-06-22
New Jersey Devils logo
2019-06-22
Acquired LW John Hayden from the Chicago Blackhawks for C John Quenneville .
2019-06-22
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vegas Golden Knights acquired 2019 second round pick (#41) from San Jose Sharks for 2019 second round Pick (#48) & 2019 3rd round Pick (#82)
2019-06-22
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-06-22
Acquired LW Francis Perron and a 2019 seventh-round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks for RW Tom Pyatt and a 2019 sixth-round draft pick.
2019-06-22
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Vancouver Canucks acquired Francis Perron and 2019 seventh round pick (215) from San Jose Sharks for Tom Pyatt and 2019 sixth round pick (#164)
2019-06-22
Nashville Predators logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Nashville Predators acquired a 2020 third round pick from the Minnesota Wild for a 2019 third round pick (#75)
2019-06-22
Columbus Blue Jackets logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Florida Panthers acquired 2019 third round pick (#81) from the Columbus Blue Jackets for 2019 fourth round pick (#104) & 2019 fourth round pick (#114)
2019-06-22
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired 2019 fourth round pick (#102) from the Vancouver Canucks for 2019 fourth round pick (#122) and 2019 sixth round pick (#175)
2019-06-22
Montreal Canadiens logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The San Jose Sharks acquired a 2019 fourth round pick from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 fourth round pick
2019-06-22
Montreal Canadiens logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Florida Panthers acquired a 2019 fifth round pick (#136) from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2020 fifth round pick
2019-06-22
Detroit Red Wings logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Buffalo Sabres acquired a 2019 fifth round pick (#143) from Detroit Red Wings for 2019 sixth round pick (#177) & 2019 seventh round pick (#191)
2019-06-22
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Washington Capitals acquired a 2019 fifth round pick (#153) from the San Jose Sharks for 2019 seventh round pick (#211) & 2020 seventh round pick
2019-06-22
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired 2019 seventh round pick from San Jose Sharks for 2020 7th Round Pick
2019-06-22
Toronto Maple Leafs logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Toronto maple leafs acquired 2020 seventh round pick from the St Louis Blues for 2019 seventh round pick
2019-06-22
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-22
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Montreal Canadiens acquired 2019 seventh round pick from Philadelphia Flyers for 2020 seventh round pick
2019-06-22
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-21
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Arizona Coyotes Acquired a 2019 First Round Pick (11th) from Philadelphia for a 2019 First Round Pick (14th) & 2019 Second Round Pick (45th)
2019-06-21
Vancouver Canucks logo
2019-06-20
Signed D Alexander Edler to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.
2019-06-20
Winnipeg Jets logo
2019-06-19
Announced D Christoph Schubert has retired.
2019-06-19
Anaheim Ducks logo
2019-06-19
Bought out the contract of RW Corey Perry.
2019-06-19
Vegas Golden Knights logo
2019-06-19
Announced C Mikhail Grabovski to has retired.
2019-06-19
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-19
Signed C Kevin Hayes to a seven-year, $50 million contract extension.
2019-06-19
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-06-19
Signed G Marcus Hogberg to a two-year, $1.4 million contract extension.
2019-06-19
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-06-19
Re-signed D Daniel Walcott to a one-year, two-way contract.
2019-06-19
Philadelphia Flyers logo
2019-06-18
Acquired D Justin Braun from the San Jose Sharks for a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 third-round draft pick.
2019-06-18
Ottawa Senators logo
2019-06-18
Signed D Andreas Englund to a one-year, two-way contract extension worth $700,000.
2019-06-18
San Jose Sharks logo
2019-06-18
TRADE ANALYSIS
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Justin Braun from the San Jose Sharks for a 2019 second round pick and 2020 third round pick
2019-06-18
Tampa Bay Lightning logo
2019-06-18
Signed D Braydon Coburn to a two-year, $3.4 million contract extension.
2019-06-18

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.

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