Due to the altered schedule whereby the 2019-20 NHL season was completed quite a bit later than usual — with the Stanley Cup Playoffs lasting until Sept. 29 — free agency began on Oct. 9 this year, as opposed to the traditional July 1 starting point.
But while the key dates have shifted, the goal of free agency has not: GMs around the NHL hope to land the game-changing veteran that can boost their contention status, or bolster their core with the glue that builds championships.
Here’s our continuously updated tracker, featuring a list of every player signed from Sept. 1 onwards, along with analysis on the biggest deals, and buzz on what could happen next. Note that the newest deals are at the top.
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After being bought out by the Predators, veteran forward Kyle Turris has landed with the Oilers on a two-year, $3.3 million contract.
Another rider has gotten off of the 2020 goaltender carousel, as Cam Talbot has signed with the Wild for three years, $11 million.
The King has chosen his next NHL home. Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Capitals. Grade for the deal.
Carter Verhaeghe did not get a qualifying offer from the Lightning, but his free-agent journey was not a long one: He has signed with the Panthers for two years, $2 million.
Former Golden Knights blueliner — and University of Michigan product — Jon Merrill has signed with the Red Wings for one year, $925,000.
Veteran defenseman Radko Gudas is heading to the Panthers, as he has inked a three-year, $7.5 million contract.
Forward Tyler Motte is back with the Canucks, as he has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.45 million contract.
The Lightning will bring at least some of their free agents back for 2020-21. Forward Patrick Maroon (two years, $1.8 million) and Luke Schenn (one year, $800,000) are both back to help with the efforts for another Stanley Cup.
Following his buyout earlier this offseason by the Senators, veteran forward Bobby Ryan has landed with the Red Wings on a one-year, $1 million contract. Grade for the deal.
The Lightning have placed forward Tyler Johnson on waivers. He has four years remaining on his contract at $5 million in average annual value.
Veteran forward Wayne Simmonds has elected to sign with the Maple Leafs for one year, $1.5 million. Grade for the deal.
Blackhawks extend their relationship with Calder Trophy finalist Dominik Kubalik (two years, $7.4 million) and netminder Malcolm Subban (two years, $1.7 million)
The Golden Knights have traded center Paul Stastny to the Jets for Carl Dahlstrom and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft. The 34-year-old Stastny has one year remaining on a three-year, $19.5 million contract signed in July 2018. Grades for both GMs.
WE HAVE ALSO ACQUIRED CARL DAHLSTROM’S DOG WHO WE VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING 😁🐶😍 pic.twitter.com/C9Y8Ki9NbY
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 9, 2020
RFA defenseman Victor Mete will not be hitting the market, as the Canadiens have re-signed him to a one-year, $735,000 deal.
Golden Knights extend a pair of RFAs for one more year, with defenseman Jimmy Schuldt and forward Reid Duke landing $700,000 contracts for 2020-21.
Penguins not ready to move on from Sam Lafferty, ink the RFA forward to two-year, $1.5 million deal.
The Zemgus Girgensons era continues in Buffalo: Sabres re-sign forward for three years, $6.6 million.
Following trade, Josh Anderson inks seven-year, $38.5 million deal with the Canadiens.
Red Wings re-sign RFA forwards Taro Hirose and Adam Erne to one-year deals, with undisclosed dollar amounts.
Noah Juulsen is back with the Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.
Following trade, Max Domi signs with Blue Jackets for two years, $10.6 million.
The fourth overall pick of the 2016 draft, Jesse Puljujarvi returns to the Oilers on two-year, $2.35 million contract.
Lightning retain Gemel Smith (one year, $700,000) and Mitchell Stephens (two years, $1.47 million).
Jets avoid losing another blueliner, ink defenseman Dylan DeMelo for four years, $12 million.
Defenseman Brenden Dillon sticks with the Capitals on four-year, $15.6 million deal.
Nicolas Meloche, Maxim Letunov back with the Sharks on one-year, $700,000 contracts.
Jacob Middleton, Jayden Halbgewachs remain with the Sharks on two-year, $14.5 million deals.
Zack MacEwen remains with the Canucks on two-year, $1.65 million pact.
Sabres re-sign RFA forward Tage Thompson to three-year, $4.2 million deal.
Islanders ink RFA defenseman Sebastian Aho to two-year, $1.45 million contract.
Defenseman Carson Soucy is back with the Wild on a three-year, $8.25 million contract.
Wild elect to re-sign RFA forward Nico Sturm to a two-year, $1.45 million pact.
Senators reach agreement with defenseman Josh Brown for two years, $2.4 million.
Veteran forward Jason Spezza re-signs with the Maple Leafs for one year, $700,000.
Stars elect to re-sign veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera for two years, $3 million.
Golden Knights sign goalie Robin Lehner to five-year, $25 million contract.
Penguins and RFA netminder Tristan Jarry reach agreement on three-year, $10.5 million deal.
Goaltender Brian Elliott back with the Flyers on one-year, $1.5 million pact.
Jets, goaltender Laurent Brossoit ink one-year, $1.5 million pact to keep him in Winnipeg.
Maple Leafs reach deal with RFA forward Denis Malgin for one year, $700,000.
RFA netminder Michael McNiven remains with Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.
Flyers extend RFA defenseman Robert Hagg for another two years, $3.2 million.
Red Wings, forward Sam Gagner reach terms on one-year, $850,000 contract.
Pending UFA defenseman Jeff Petry remains with the Canadiens on four-year, $25 million deal.
Flyers ink goaltender Alex Lyon for one year, $700,000 to bolster their netminding depth.
Sabres extend the term of forward Curtis Lazar for two years, $1.6 million.
RFA forward Michael McCarron re-signs with Predators for one year, $700,000.
Canadiens reach terms with RFA forward Jake Evans for two years, $1.5 million.
RFA forward Jared McCann re-signs with the Penguins for two years, $5.88 million.
Capitals extend RFA forward — and former Penguin — Daniel Sprong for two years, $1.5 million.
Canadiens ink veteran defenseman Joel Edmundson for four years, $14 million.
Wild agree to terms with defenseman Jonas Brodin on seven-year, $42 million contract.
RFA netminder Adin Hill remains with the Coyotes on one-year, $800,000 deal.
RFA defenseman Sean Walker remains with the Kings on four-year, $10.6 million contract.
Blues reach terms with RFA forward Jacob De La Rose on one-year, $700,000 deal.
Oilers agree to one-year, $700,000 contract with the wonderfully named Adam Cracknell.
Kings sign RFA forward Austin Wagner to a three-year, $3.4 million contract.