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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Oct. 9

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.

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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.

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.

Oct. 8

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.

Oct. 7

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.

Oct. 6

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.

Oct. 5

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.

Oct. 4

Stars elect to re-sign veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera for two years, $3 million.

Oct. 3

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.

Oct. 2

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.

Sept. 30

RFA netminder Michael McNiven remains with Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.

Sept. 28

Flyers extend RFA defenseman Robert Hagg for another two years, $3.2 million.

Sept. 26

Red Wings, forward Sam Gagner reach terms on one-year, $850,000 contract.

Sept. 25

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.

Sept. 24

Sabres extend the term of forward Curtis Lazar for two years, $1.6 million.

Sept. 23

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.

Sept. 18

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.

Sept. 16

Canadiens ink veteran defenseman Joel Edmundson for four years, $14 million.

Sept. 15

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.

Sept. 11

RFA defenseman Sean Walker remains with the Kings on four-year, $10.6 million contract.

Sept. 10

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.

Sept. 1

Kings sign RFA forward Austin Wagner to a three-year, $3.4 million contract.





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