The NHL’s annual free agent frenzy which began on July 1st is typically a wild affair for the first day and then it slows down considerably. It’s often hard to keep track of who signed who so we’ll recap the first 24 hours of major signings in the free agency season as well as all the player trades since the St. Louis Blues hoisted the Stanley Cup.
Free Agent Signings
Re-signed defenseman Connor Clifton for three years for $3 million and goaltender Maxime Lagace from the Vegas Golden Knights for a year at $700,000 . Forward Par Lindholm signed from the Winnipeg Jets for two years at $1.7 million and forward Brett Ritchie from the Dallas Stars for a season at $1 million.
Signed goaltender Andrew Hammond from the Colorado Avalanche for a year at $700,000 and center Curtis Lazar of the Calgary Flames for a year at $700,000
Signed goaltender Cam Talbot from the Philadelphia Flyers for a year at $2.75 million
Re-signed Goaltender Petr Mrazek to a two year deal worth $6.25 million
Signed goaltender Robin Lehner from the New York Islanders to a one-year deal for $5 million and forward Ryan Carpenter from Vegas for three years for $3 million
Signed forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from Vegas to a two-year deal worth $3.6 million and forward Joonas Donskoi from the San Jose Sharks to a four-year deal worth $15.6 million. They also re-signed forward Colin Wilson for a year at $2.6 million
Columbus Blue Jackets
Signed forward Gustav Nyquist from San Jose to a four-year deal worth $22 million and re-inked goaltender Joonas Korpisalo for a year at $1.15 million and defenseman Ryan Murray to two years for $9.2 million.
Signed forward and San Jose captain Joe Pavelski to a three-year deal worth $21 million as well as defenseman Andrej Sekera from the Edmonton Oilers to a year for $1.5 million and forward Corey Perry from Anaheim to a year at $1.5 million
Detroit Red Wings
Signed forward Valtteri Filppula from the Islanders to a two-year deal worth $6 million and defenseman Patrik Nemeth from Dallas for two years at $6 million. Goaltender Calvin Pickard was also inked from the Philadelphia Flyers for two years for $1.4 million
Re-signed forward Alex Chiasson to a two-year deal worth $4.3 million and forward Markus Granlund of the Vancouver Canucks for a year at $1.3 million. Goaltender Mike Smith was also signed from Calgary at a year for $2 million and forward Tomas Jurco for a year at $750,000
Signed two-time Vezina Trophy-winner Sergei Bobrovsky from Columbus to a seven year deal for $70 million and forward Brett Connolly from the Washington Capitals to a four-year contract for $13 million. They also inked forward Noel Acciari from Boston for three years at $5 million and defenseman Anton Stralman from Tampa Bay for three years at $16.5 million
Signed forward Mats Zuccarello from Dallas to a five-year contract for $30 million and forward Ryan Hartman from Dallas to a two-year deal for $3.8 million
Signed backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Columbus to a year-long deal for $1.75 million
Signed forward Matt Duchene from Columbus to a seven-year contract for $56 million
New Jersey Devils
Signed forward Wayne Simmonds from Nashville to a one-year deal worth $5 million
New York Islanders
After losing free agent goaltender Robin Lehner to Chicago, the Islanders signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov from Colorado to a four-year deal. They also re-signed froward Anders Lee to seven-year deal worth $49 million
New York Rangers
Signed forward Artemi Panarin from Columbus to a seven-year deal worth $81.5 million and forward Greg McKegg from Carolina
Signed defenseman Ron Hainsey from Toronto to a year at $3.5 million and forward Tyler Ennis from Toronto for a season at $800,000
Signed defenseman Brandon Tanev from the Winnipeg Jets for six years for $21 million
San Jose Sharks
Re-signed forward Timo Meier to a four-year deal for $24 million and defenseman Tim Heed for a year at $700,000
St. Louis Blues
Re-signed forward Sammy Blais to a year-long deal at $850,000 and inked defenseman Jake Dotchin from Anaheim for a year at $700,000
Tampa Bay Lightning
Signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney from Carolina to a two-year deal for $2.6 million and defenseman Luke Schenn from Vancouver for a year at $700,000. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood was inked from Buffalo for a year.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Signed forward Nick Shore from the KHL to a one-year deal worth $750,000 and forward Jason Spezza from the Dallas Stars to a one-year contract for $700,000. Forward Kenny Agostino was also signed from New Jersey for two years at $1.4 million
Signed defenseman Tyler Myers from Winnipeg to a five-year deal for $30 million and defender Jordie Benn from Montreal for two years at $4 million.
Signed forward Richard Panik from Arizona to a four-year deal for $11 million and inked forward Garnet Hathaway from Calgary to a four-year deal for $6 million
Re-signed defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a year deal at $1 million
The Toronto Maple Leafs shipped two-time 30-goal scoring center Nazem Kadri and AHL defenseman Calle Rosen to the Colorado Avalanche along with a third round selection in the 2020 Draft for high-scoring blue liner Tyson Barrie along with forward Alexander Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth round draft pick.
The Leafs also sent rearguard Nikita Zaitsev to the Ottawa Senators along with bottom-six forward Connor Brown and AHL forward Michael Carcone in return for defensemen Cody Ceci and and Ben Harpur as well as a 2020 third round draft pick and forward Aaron Luchuk.
The Avalanche also added Andre Burakovsky from the Washington Capitals for fellow forward Scott Kosmachuk as well as a second and third rounder in 2020.
In addition, Colorado sent forward Carl Soderberg to the Arizona Coyotes for blue liner Kevin Connauton and a 2020 third round draft pick.
The New York Rangers dealt former college star forward Jimmy Vesey to the Buffalo Sabres in return for a 2021 third round draft choice. The Rangers also sent Neal Pionk to the Winnipeg Jets along with a first rounder in this summer’s draft for fellow rearguard Jacob Trouba.
The Sabres also added rearguard Colin Miller from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for a 2021 second round draft choice and a fifth rounder in 2022.
Vegas also dealt forward Nicolas Roy and a conditional 2021 fifth round draft pick to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Erik Haula.
The Anaheim Ducks sent a fourth-round 2020 draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Nicolas Deslauriers.
The Habs also dealt forward Andrew Shaw and a 2021 seventh-round draft choice back to the Chicago Blackhawks for a second and seventh-round round pick next year and a third-rounder in 2021.
The Florida Panthers sent backup goaltender James Reimer to the Carolina Hurricanes for fellow netminder Scott Darling and a 2020 sixth-round draft choice. Darling was then placed on waivers as Florida bought out the remainder of his contract.
The Panthers also picked up forward Dominic Toninato from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defender Jacob MacDonald.
The Pittsburgh Penguins dealt high-scoring forward and ironman Phil Kessel to the Arizona Coyotes along with blue liner Dane Birks and 2021 fourth rounder for forward Alex Galchenyuk and blue line prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph. Pittsburgh also added forward Dominik Kahun along with a fifth rounder in this year’s draft from Chicago for defenseman Olli Maatta.
Carolina was busy as they shipped out rearguard Calvin de Haan along with forward Aleksi Saarela to Chicago for defender Gustav Forsling and backup goalie Anton Forsberg. In addition, the Hurricanes acquired forward Patrick Marleau from Toronto along with a conditional first round draft pick in 2020 and a seventh rounder next year for a 2020 sixth round choice. The Hurricanes then bought out the last year of Marleau’s contract.
The Philadelphia Flyers swapped winger Ryan Hartman to the Dallas Stars for forward Tyler Pitlick. However, Dallas didn’t offer Hartman a qualifying offer and he signed a two-year deal as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild for $3.8 million. The Flyers also picked up Matt Niskanen from the Washington Capitals for fellow blue liner Radko Gudas.
The Nashville Predators dealt former James Norris Trophy-winner P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils for blue liner Steven Santini and former NCAA star defenseman Jeremy Davies as well as a second rounder in this year’s and next year’s draft. Nashville sent a 2021 seventh rounder to Tampa Bay for goaltender Connor Ingram.
The Devils also took forward John Hayden from the Blackhawks for center John Quenneville.
The Tampa Bay lightning sent forward J.T. Miller to the Vancouver Canucks in return for goaltender Marek Mazanec, a third rounder in this year’s draft and a 2020 conditional first-round choice. Vancouver also sent Tom Pyatt to the San Jose Sharks along with a fifth rounder in this year’s draft for fellow forward Francis Perron and a seventh rounder this summer.
The Sharks also sent blue liner Justin Braun over to the Philadelphia Flyers for a second rounder in this year’s draft and a third rounder next summer.