ProHockeyTalk’s 2020 NHL free agency tracker

NHL Free Agency
Getty Images

It’s time for NHL Free Agency! The off-season is under way and with the market having opened Oct. 9 there will be plenty of action this fall. Some teams have already been busy getting their 2020-21 rosters in order. Check back here for all of the signings that teams will be making in hopes of improving their chances at winning the 2021 Stanley Cup.

NHL Free Agency Signings

January 13

• Edmonton Oilers sign Devin Shore to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Kevin Connauton to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New York Islanders sign Dmytro Timashov to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Cristobal Nieves to a one-year, $708,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Craig Anderson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Trevor Lewis to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

January 12

• Minnesota Wild sign Marcus Foligno to a three-year, $9.3 million contract.

January 11

• St. Louis Blues sign Mike Hoffman to a one-year, $4 million contract. (link)
• New York Islanders sign Andy Greene to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New York Islanders sign Matt Martin to a four-year, $6 million contract.

January 10

• New Jersey Devils sign Jesper Bratt to a two-year, $5.5 million contract. (link)
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Michael Del Zotto to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Fredrik Claesson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

January 9

• New York Islanders sign Mathew Barzal to a three-year, $21 million contract. (link)
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Cam Johnson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

January 8

• Buffalo Sabres sign Riley Sheahan to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

January 7

• New Jersey Devils sign Sami Vatanen to a one-year, $2 million contract. (link)

January 6

• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Oliver Bjorkstrand to a five-year, $27 million contract. (link)
• Anaheim Ducks sign Anthony Stolarz to a two-year, $1.9 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Luke Kunin to a two-year, $4.6 million contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Carson Focht to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.

January 3

• Chicago Blackhawks sign Dylan Strome to a two-year, $6 million contract. (link)
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign John Marino a six-year, $26.4 million contract. (link)

December 31

• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Pierre Luc-Dubois to a two-year, $10 million contract. (link)
• St. Louis Blues sign Vince Dunn to a one-year, $1.875 million contract. (link)
• Calgary Flames sign Connor Zary to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Lukas Cormier to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.

December 30

• Washington Capitals sign Zdeno Chara to a one-year, $795,000 contract. (link)
• Arizona Coyotes sign Derick Brassard to a one-year, $1 million contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Jamieson Rees to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Tristen Robins to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.

December 29

• Edmonton Oilers sign Ethan Bear to a two-year, $4 million contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Ridly Greig to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.

December 28

• Montreal Canadiens sign Corey Perry to a one-year, $750,000 contract. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Seth Jarvis to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Andreas Athanasiou to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

December 27

• Ottawa Senators sign Tim Stuetzle to a three-year, $10.275 million contract.

December 26

• Chicago Blackhawks sign Carl Soderberg to a one-year, $1 million contract. (link)
• Edmonton Oilers sign Slater Koekkoek to a one-year, $850,000 contract. (link)

December 24

• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Anthony Cirelli to a three-year, $14.4 million contract. (link)
• New Jersey Devils sign Dawson Mercer to a three-year $4.05 million contract.

December 23

• Anaheim Ducks sign Ryan Miller to a one-year $1 million contract. (link)
• New Jersey Devils sign Mackenzie Blackwood to a three-year, $8.4 million contract. (link)
• Buffalo Sabres signed Casey Mittelstadt to a one-year, $874,125 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Michael Frolik to a one-year, $757,000 contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Erik Haula to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Mathieu Joseph to a two-year, $1.475 million contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Alex Volkov to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

December 22

• Nashville Predators sign Mikael Granlund to a one-year, $3.75M contract. (link)
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Erik Cernak to a three-year, $8.85M contract. (link)
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Jan Rutta to a two-year, $2.6M contract. (link)
• Washington Capitals sign Conor Sheary to a one-year, $735,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Offer Sheet Compensation Scale

December 21

• Arizona Coyotes sign Drake Caggiula to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

December 18

• Calgary Flames sign Oliver Kylington to a one-year, $787,500 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Roland McKeown to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Mason Millman to a three-year, $2.755 million contract.

December 17

• Florida Panthers sign Anthony Duclair to a one-year, $1.7 million contract. (link)
• Vancouver Canucks sign Justin Bailey to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Mikhail Berdin to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.

December 16

• Minnesota Wild signs Andrew Hammond to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

December 13

• Tampa Bay Lightning sign Gage Goncalves to a three-year, $2.755 million contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Tyler Graovac a one-year, $700,000 contract.

December 12

• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Jack Finley to a three-year, $2.755 million contract.

December 9

• Nashville Predators sign Luke Prokop to a three-year, $2.755 million contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Jalen Chatfield to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

December 8

• Philadelphia Flyers sign Philippe Myers to a three-year, $7.65 million contract.

November 25

• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Mikhail Sergachev to a three-year, $14.4 million contract. (link)
• Edmonton Oilers sign Philip Kemp to a three-year, $2.36 million contract.

November 24

• Florida Panthers sign Juho Lammikko to a one-year, $725,000 contract.

November 23

• Boston Bruins sign Jake DeBrusk to a two-year, $7.35 million contract. (link)

November 20

• Ottawa Senators sign Egor Sokolov to a three-year, $2.55 million contract.

November 19

• St. Louis Blues sign Jake Walman to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

November 16

• Buffalo Sabres sign Jack Quinn to a three-year, $5.325 million contract.

November 13

• Ottawa Senators sign Micheal Haley to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

November 9

• Dallas Stars sign Roope Hintz to a three-year, $9.45 million contract. (link)
• Nashville Predators sign Luke Evangelista to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Cole Perfetti to a three-year, $4.975 million contract.

November 7

• Anaheim Ducks sign Jamie Drysdale to a three-year, $5.325 million contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

November 6

• Florida Panthers sign MacKenzie Weegar to a three-year, $9.75 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Brendan Lemieux to a two-year, $3.1 million contract.

November 5

• New York Rangers sign Ryan Strome to a two-year, $9 million contract. (link)
• Anaheim Ducks sign Jacob Perreault to a three-year, $$2,775 million contract.
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Vladislav Gavrikov to a three-year, $8.4 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Marko Dano to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

November 4

• New York Islanders sign Ryan Pulock to a two-year, $10 million contract. (link)
• Buffalo Sabres sign Dustin Tokarski to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign William Lagesson to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

November 3

• Detroit Red Wings sign Anthony Mantha to a four-year, $22.8 million contract. (link)
• Florida Panthers sign Mason Marchment to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Christian Jaros to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

November 2

• San Jose Sharks sign Kurtis Gabriel to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

November 1

• Edmonton Oilers sign Dominik Kahun to a one-year, $975,000 contract. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Warren Foegele to a one-year, $2.15 million contract.

October 30

• Colorado Avalanche sign Kyle Burroughs to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Dallas Stars sign Julius Honka to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Michael Hutchinson to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Joey Anderson to a three-year, $2.25 million contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Guillaume Brisebois to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

October 29

• Buffalo Sabres sign Victor Olofsson to a two-year, $6.1 million contract (link).
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Luke Schenn to a one-year, $800,000 contract. (link)
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Pat Maroon to a two-year, $1.8 million contract. (link)
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Ryan MacInnis to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Colton White to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Sami Niku to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

October 28

• Ottawa Senators sign Alex Galchenyuk to a one-year, $1.05 million contract. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Max McCormick to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Kevin Stenlund to a one-year, $874,125 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 27

• Colorado Avalanche sign Devon Toews to a four-year, $16.4 million contract. (link)
• Detroit Red Wings’ Tyler Bertuzzi awarded a one-year, $3.5 million contract via an arbitrator. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Haydn Fleury to a two-year, $2.6 million contract.
• New York Islanders sign Josh Ho-Sang to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Filip Chlapik to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Hendrix Lapierre to a three-year, $3,502,500 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Jansen Harkins to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

October 26

• Ottawa Senators sign Chris Tierney to a two-year, $7 million contract.

October 25

• Buffalo Sabres sign Sam Reinhart to a one-year, $5.2 million contract. (link)
• Buffalo Sabres sign Linus Ullmark to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

October 24

• Calgary Flames sign Josh Leivo to a one-year, $875,000 contract.

October 23

• Calgary Flames sign Nikita Nesterov to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Gustav Forsling to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Dallas stars sign Landon Bow to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Louis Belpidio to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Marco Rossi to a three-year, $5.325 million contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Travis Dermott to a one-year, $874,125 contract.

October 22

• Dallas Stars sign Denis Gurianov to a two-year, $5.1 million contract. (link)
• Ottawa Senators sign Connor Brown to a three-year, $10.8 million contract. (link)
• Vancouver Canucks sign Jake Virtanen to a two-year, $5.1 million contract. (link)
• Buffalo Sabres sign Casey Nelson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Dominik Simon to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Antoine Bibeau to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.

October 21

• Edmonton Oilers sign Kris Russell to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. (link)
• Boston Bruins sign Zach Senyshyn to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Drew Shore to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Scott Wilson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New York Islanders sign A.J. Greer to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Jonas Siegenthaler to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

October 20

• Boston Bruins sign Karson Kuhlman to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Kaiden Guhle to a three-year, $4.035 million contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Nick Merkley to a one-year, $874,125 contract
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Ilya Mikheyev to a two-year, $3.29 million contract

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 19

• Arizona Coyotes sign Christian Fischer to a two-year, $2 million contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Steven Fogarty to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Joakim Nordstrom to one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Hunter Miska to two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Ian McCoshen to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Jayce Hawryluk to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Adam Gaudette to a one-year, $950,000 contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Keegan Kolesar to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

October 18

• Colorado Avalanche sign Tyson Jost to one-year, $874,125 contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Rem Pitlick to one-year, $874,125 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign J.C. Beaudin to one-year, $700,000 contract
• St. Louis Blues sign Austin Poganski to one-year, $700,000 contract
• St. Louis Blues sign Mitch Reinke to one-year, $750,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 17

• Boston Bruins sign Matt Grzelcyk to a four-year, $14.75 million contract. (link)
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Cody Ceci to one-year $1.25 million contract. (link)
• Ottawa Senators sign Joey Daccord to a three-year, $2.25 million contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Sam Miletec to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• St. Louis Blues sign Jake Neighbours to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.

October 16

• Calgary Flames sign Andrew Mangiapane to a two-year, $4.85 million contract. (link)
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Joe Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign David Gust to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Sheldon Rempal to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Jeremy Bracco to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Gabriel Carlsson to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Quinton Byfield to a three-year, $10.725 contract.
• New York Rangers sign Gabriel Fontaine to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New York Rangers sign Darren Raddysh to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Rudolfs Balcers to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Nolan Patrick to a one-year, $874,125 contract
• San Jose Sharks sign Ozzy Wiesblatt to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Jake Kielly to a to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

October 15

• New York Rangers sign Alexandar Georgiev to a two-year, $4.85 million contract. (link)
• Ottawa Senators sign Evgenii Dadonov to a three-year, $15 million contract. (link)
• New York Rangers sign Tony DeAngelo to a two-year, $9.6 million contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Tyler Parsons to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Steven Lorentz to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Bokondji Imama to a one-year, $735,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 14

• Montreal Canadiens sign Brendan Gallagher to a six-year, $39 million contract. (link)
• Montreal Canadiens sign Jake Allen to a two-year, $5.75 million contract. (link)
• Boston Bruins sign Jakub Zboril to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Boston Bruins sign Callum Booth to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Boston Bruins sign Greg McKegg to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Glenn Gawdin to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Philippe Desrosiers to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Nick Paul to a two-year, $2.7 million contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Tyson Forester to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Shane Gersich to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Nelson Nogier to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

October 13

• San Jose Sharks sign Patrick Marleau to a one-year, $700,000 contract. (link)
• San Jose Sharks sign Matt Nieto to a one-year, $700,000 contract. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Vasili Ponomarev to a three-year, $2.56 million contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Clark Bishop to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Spencer Smallman to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Kasimir Kaskisuo to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Tyler Lewington to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New York Islanders sign Mitch Vande Sompel to a two-year, $1.45 million contract
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Aaron Dell to a one-year, $800,000 contract
• Vancouver Canucks sign Ashton Sautner to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

October 12

• Montreal Canadiens sign Tyler Toffoli to a four-year, $17 million contract. (link)
• New York Rangers sign Alexis Lafreniere to a three-year, $11.325 million contract. (link)
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year, $62 million contract. (link)
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Joakim Ryan to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Chicago Blackhawks sign Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.
• Chicago Blackhawks sign Lucas Wallmark to a one-year, $950,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Ryan Graves to a three-year, $9.5 million contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Austin Strand to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Kaapo Kahkonen to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Brad Richardson to a one-year, $1 million contract.
• New York Islanders sign Austin Czarnik to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• New York Islanders sign Grant Hutton to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Erik Gustafsson to a one-year, $3 million contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Zayde Wisdom to a three-year, $2.775 million contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Ben Thomas to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

October 11

• Buffalo Sabres sign Taylor Hall to one-year, $8 million contract. (link)
• Dallas Stars re-sign Radek Faksa to five-year, $16.25 million contract. (link)
• Detroit Red Wings sign Vladislav Namestnikov to two-year, $4 million contract. (link)
• Anaheim Ducks sign Maxim to three-year, $2.38 million contract.
• Dallas Stars re-sign Joel L’Esperance to two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Scott Wedgewood to one-year, $700,000 contract.
• St. Louis Blues sign Kyle Clifford two-year, $2 million contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jimmy Vesey to a one-year, $900,000 contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Danny O’Regen to one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Daniel Carr to one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Derek Forbort to one-year, $1 million contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 10

• Boston Bruins sign Craig Smith to a three-year, $9.3 million contract. (link)
• Chicago Blackhawks sign Nikita Zadorov to a one-year, $3.2 million contract. (link)
• Colorado Avalanche sign Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $9.8 million contract. (link)
• Detroit Red Wings sign Thomas Greiss to a two-year, $7.2 million contract. (link)
• Edmonton Oilers sign Tyson Barrie to one-year, $3.75 million contract. (link)
• San Jose Sharks sign Kevin Labanc to a four-year, $19 million contract. (link)
• Anaheim Ducks sign Andy Welinski to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Arizona Coyotes sign Johan Larsson to two-year, $2.8 million contract.
• Arizona Coyotes sign Jordan Gross to one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Arizona Coyotes sign Dryden Hunt to one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Cody Eakin to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Brandon Montour to a one-year, $3.85 million contract.
• Carolina Hurricanes sign Jesper Fast to a three-year, $6 million contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Louis Domingue to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Valeri Nichushkin to a two-year, $5 million contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Jayson Megna to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Mikko Koivu to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
• Dallas Stars sign Mark Pysyk to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Troy Stecher to a two-year, $3.4 million contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign Mike Smith to a one-year, $2 million contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Troy Grosenick to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Mark Alt to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Jordan Greenway to a two-year, $4.2 million contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Frederick Gaudreau to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Maxime Lagace to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Anthony Angelo to a two-year, $1.45M contract.
• St. Louis Blues sign Steven Santini to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• St. Louis Blues sign Curtis McKenzie to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• St. Louis Blues sign Sam Anas to a two-year, $1.45M contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Ross Colton to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Travis Boyd to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Zach Bogosian to a one-year, $1 million contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Tomas Jurco to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Cameron Schilling to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Paul LaDue to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Trevor van Riemsdyk to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Dominic Toninato to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign C.J. Suess to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Nate Thompson to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 9

• Anaheim Ducks sign Kevin Shattenkirk to a three-year, $11.7 million contract. (link)
• Calgary Flames sign Jacob Markstrom to a six-year, $36 million contract. (link)
• Chicago Blackhawks sign Dominik Kubalik to a two-year, $7.4 million contract. (link)
• Chicago Blackhawks sign Malcolm Subban to a two-year, $1.7 million contract. (link)
• Dallas Stars sign Anton Khudobin to a three-year, $10 million contract. (link)
• Detroit Red Wings sign Bobby Ryan to a one-year, $1 million contract. (link)
• New Jersey Devils sign Corey Crawford to a two-year, $7.8 million contract (link)
• Ottawa Senators sign Matt Murray to a four-year, $25 million contract. (link)
• St. Louis Blues sign Torey Krug to seven-year, $45.5 million contract. (link)
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign T.J. Brodie to a four-year, $20 million contract. (link)
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. (link)
• Washington Capitals sign Henrik Lundqvist to a one-year, $1.5 million contract (link)
• Washington Capitals sign Justin Schultz to a two-year, $8 million contract. (link)
• Anaheim Ducks sign Derek Grant to a three-year, $4.5 million contract.
• Anaheim Ducks sign Vinni Lettieri to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Anaheim Ducks sign Andrew Poturalski to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Arizona Coyotes sign Tyler Pitlick to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
• Arizona Coyotes sign John Hayden to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Tobias Rieder to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Brandon Davidson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Matt Irwin to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Chris Tanev to a four-year, $18 million contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Buddy Robinson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Alex Petrovic to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Calgary Flames sign Byron Froese to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Sheldon Dries to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Michael Vecchione to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Kiefer Sherwood to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Mikka Salomäki to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Colorado Avalanche sign Gavin Bayreuther to a one-year, $710,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Jon Merrill to a one-year, $925,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Riley Barber to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Kyle Criscuolo to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Kevin Boyle to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign Kyle Turris to a two-year, $3.3 million contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign Anton Forsberg to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign Seth Griffith to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign Alan Quine to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Edmonton Oilers sign Tyler Ennis to a one-year, $1 million contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Alexander Wennberg to a one-year, $2.25 million contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Radko Gudas to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Carter Verhaeghe to a two-year, $2 million contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Vinnie Hinostroza to a one-year, $1 million contract.
• Florida Panthers sign Ryan Lomberg to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Cam Talbot to a three-year, $11 million contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Dakota Mermis to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Joseph Cramarossa to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Victor Mete to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Brandon Baddock to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Xavier Ouellet to a two-year, $1.475 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Mark Borowiecki to a two-year, $4 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Matthew Benning to a two-year, $2 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Nick Cousins to a two-year, $3 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Jack Johnson to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Kevin Rooney to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Colin Blackwell to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Keith Kinkaid to a two-year, $1.65 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Anthony Bitetto to a two-year, $1.475 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Anthony Greco to a two-year, $1.475 million contract.
• New York Rangers sign Brandon Crawley to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New York Rangers sign Johnny Brodzinski to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Matthew Peca to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Logan Shaw to a two-year, $1.425 million contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Derrick Pouliot to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Mark Jankowski to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Josh Currie to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Stefan Noesen to a one-year, $925,000 contract.
• St. Louis Blues sign Jon Gillies to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Andreas Borgman to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Pat Maroon to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Luke Schenn to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Christopher Gibson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Braden Holtby to a two-year, $8.6 million contract.
• Vancouver Canucks sign Tyler Motte to a two-year, $2.45 million contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Tomas Nosek to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Nathan Beaulieu to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Mason Appleton to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Luca Sbisa to a two-year, $800,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 8

• Montreal Canadiens sign Josh Anderson to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract. (link)
• Anaheim Ducks sign Chase DeLeo to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Zemgus Girgensons to three-year, $6.6 million contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Taro Hirose to a one-year, $825,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Adam Erne to a one-year, $997,500 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Matt Bartkowski to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Minnesota Wild signs Kyle Rau to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Noah Juulsen to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Sam Lafferty to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Spencer Martin to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Reid Duke to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Jimmy Schuldt to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

October 7

• Buffalo Sabres sign Jonas Johansson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Max Domi to a two-year, $10.6 million contract. (link)
• Edmonton Oilers sign Jesse Puljujarvi to a two-year, $2.35 million contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Antti Suomela to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Mitchell Stephens to a two-year, $1.475 million contract.
• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Gemel Smith to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Gage Guinney to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Chandler Stephenson to a four-year, $11 million contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Dylan DeMelo to a four-year, $12 million contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 6

• Vancouver Canucks sign Zack MacEwen to a two-year, $1.65 million contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Brenden Dillon to a four-year, $15.6 million contract. (link)

October 5

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jason Spezza to one-year, $700,000 contract. (link)
• Arizona Coyotes sign Kyle Capobianco to a two-year, $1.55 million contract.
• Arizona Coyotes sign Ilya Lyubushkin to a one-year, $1 million contract.
• Buffalo Sabres sign Tage Thompson to a three-year, $4.2 million contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Matt Luff to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Los Angeles Kings sign Mikey Eyssimont to a one-year, $700,000 contact.
• Minnesota Wild signs Carson Soucy to a three-year, $8.25 million contract
• Minnesota Wild signs Nico Sturm to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• New York Islanders sign Sebastian Aho to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Ottawa Senators sign Josh Brown to a two-year, $2.4 million contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Justin Braun to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Jacob Middleton to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Nicolas Meloche to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Maxim Letunov to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• San Jose Sharks sign Jayden Halbgewachs to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

October 4

• Dallas Stars sign Andrej Sekera to a two-year, $3 million contract. (link)
• St. Louis Blues sign Nolan Stevens to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

October 3

• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Tristan Jarry to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. (link)
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Brian Elliott to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. (link)
• Vegas Golden Knights sign Robin Lehner to a five-year, $25 million contract. (link)
• Washington Capitals sign Lucas Johansen to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

October 2

• Buffalo Sabres sign Andrew Oglevie to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
• Columbus Blue Jackets sign Kole Sherwood to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
• Toronto Maple Leafs sign Denis Malgin to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Winnipeg Jets sign Laurent Brossoit to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

September 30

• Montreal Canadiens sign Michael McNiven to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Brett Seney to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Ben Street to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• New Jersey Devils sign Josh Jacobs to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

September 29

• Nashville Predators sign Devin Cooley to a two-year, $1.57 million contract.

September 28

• Calgary Flames sign Justin Kirkland to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Dominic Turgeon to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Jacob Lucchini to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Philadelphia Flyers sign Robert Hagg to a two-year, $3.2 million contract.

September 26

• Detroit Red Wings sign Sam Gagner to a one-year, $850,000 contract.
• Detroit Red Wings sign Turner Elson to a one-year, $725,000 contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

September 25

• Philadelphia Flyers sign Alex Lyon to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Joseph Blandisi to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
• Montreal Canadiens sign Jeff Petry to a four-year, $25 million contract. (link)

September 24

• Buffalo Sabres sign Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Yakov Trenin to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

September 23

• Montreal Canadiens sign Jake Evans to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
• Nashville Predators sign Michael McCarron to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

September 18

• Colorado Avalanche sign Logan O'Connor to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Jared McCann to a two-year, $5.88 million contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Daniel Sprong to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

September 17

• Philadelphia Flyers sign Nicolas Aube-Kubel to a two-year, $2.15 million contract.
• Washington Capitals sign Brian Pinho to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

September 16

• Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Edmundson to a four-year, $14 million contract.

September 15

• Minnesota Wild signs Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42 million contract. (link)
• Arizona Coyotes sign Adin Hill to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

September 11

• Los Angeles Kings sign Sean Walker to a four-year, $10.6 million contract.

September 10

• Edmonton Oilers sign Adam Cracknell to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

September 9

• Tampa Bay Lightning signs Alex Green to a two-year, $1.85 million contract.

NHL Free Agency Signings

September 5

• Pittsburgh Penguins sign Juuso Riikola to a two-year, $2.3 million contract.

September 4

• Montreal Canadiens sign Lukas Vejdemo to a one-year, $700,00 contract

September 1

• Los Angeles Kings sign Austin Wagner to a three-year, $3.4 million contract. (link)
• Los Angeles Kings sign Carl Grundstrom to a two-year, $1.45 million contract.

Scroll Down For:

    Back with Wild, Fleury welcomes big workload as clear No. 1

    marc-andre fleury
    David Berding/Getty Images
    2 Comments

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — With his ever-present smile, tireless approach and long list of accomplishments in the net, Marc-Andre Fleury has always embraced a heavy workload.

    The Minnesota Wild sure haven’t shied away from leaning hard on their new – and 37-year-old – goalie. After arriving in a deadline-day trade in March and re-signing with the Wild in July, the guy everyone calls “Flower” is still fully abloom as he begins his 19th season in the NHL.

    “They say, `You play,’ I play, unless maybe I’m hurt or something,” Fleury said. “But other than that, I like playing.”

    Wild general manager Bill Guerin initially planned to bring back both Fleury and Cam Talbot, who made the All-Star team and went 13-0-3 in his last 16 regular season starts before being benched in favor of Fleury for the first-round playoff series against St. Louis. The Wild lost in six games, after Talbot got the cold start in the elimination game and gave up four goals on 26 shots.

    Guerin changed his mind, though, after signing Fleury to a two-year, $7 million contract. Realizing Talbot’s frustration from the lack of postseason action, he didn’t want to risk any tension or discontent. Talbot was traded to Ottawa for Filip Gustavsson, who will be the No. 2 goalie while top prospect Jesper Wallstedt gets more development in the AHL.

    Gustavsson has only 23 career regular-season starts, nearly 200 fewer than Talbot, so it’s a good bet that Fleury will get the majority of the games.

    “I was ready to share the load with him, but things didn’t work out and happy to be having the chance to play maybe a bit more. It’s fun to play. It’s more fun than sitting on the bench,” said Fleury, who went 28-23-5 in 56 combined starts for Chicago and Minnesota last season with a 2.90 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

    The Wild reconvened for training camp last week, beginning their quest to recapture the mojo they enjoyed last season while setting franchise records for points (113), wins (53) and goals (305). The only team that finished ahead of them in the Western Conference was Colorado, which went on to win the Stanley Cup, but they never met the Avs in the playoffs because the Blues got to them first.

    There’s a strong chemistry in place, at least, to build upon.

    “We still have a lot of guys here who were here last year. We’re just trying to make it even better, just trying to listen to everybody,” center Joel Eriksson Ek said. “We want to set a standard and a way for how hard this team’s going to work.”

    The Wild start the regular season by hosting the New York Rangers on Oct. 13.

    COMINGS AND GOINGS

    The most significant roster move of the summer amongst the skaters was the inevitable salary-cap-driven trade of second-leading scorer Kevin Fiala to Los Angeles. Fiala had a career-high 33 goals and 52 assists last season. Guerin otherwise dabbled mostly in two-way contracts in free agency for depth. Former Anaheim center Sam Steel signed with Minnesota last month, one day after defenseman Dimitry Kulikov was dealt to the Ducks.

    MORE POWER

    The Wild were done in during the playoffs by abysmal special teams. They went just 4 for 24 on the power play against the Blues, and head coach Dean Evason had the team working on that on the first day on the ice. The penalty kill that lagged last season was a focus of the second practice.

    “It has to get better, no question,” Evason said.

    BLUE LINE SHUFFLE

    Captain Jared Spurgeon has been placed with Jonas Brodin on the first pair on defense, and Jake Middleton has joined Matt Dumba on the second unit. Dumba and Brodin are close friends who’ve been paired together for several seasons.

    “Dumbs is a shooter too,” said Middleton, who re-signed for three years and $7.35 million. “It’s pretty exciting. I can get some cookies passing him the puck. That’d be a big plus. I think it’ll work well. He loves hitting guys too. He plays a gritty game as well so I think we’ll be a good combo.”

    UP FRONT

    With Jordan Greenway recovering from offseason surgeries, Tyson Jost will get the first chance to skate with Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno. The departure of Fiala has opened at least one spot for a rookie to make the team, with 2020 first-round draft pick Marco Rossi in line for it.

    ON THE SLATE

    This is the first time in eight years the Wild will play their regular-season opener at home. After three more games at Xcel Energy Center, they don’t hit the road until a five-game trip that starts Oct. 22 at Boston. The Wild have a season-long nine-game homestand from Feb. 9-21.

    Stars expect to open camp without unsigned scorer Jason Robertson

    Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
    0 Comments

    FRISCO, Texas — Young 40-goal scorer Jason Robertson is expected to miss the start of training camp for the Dallas Stars because the team and the restricted free agent haven’t agreed on a new contract.

    General manager Jim Nill said there’s been steady, ongoing negotiations over the last couple of weeks with Robertson and his representatives. Nill wouldn’t say what has kept the two sides from reaching a deal, adding there have been “very good discussions.”

    The Stars, with new coach Pete DeBoer, open camp Thursday in Cedar Park, Texas, at the home of their AHL team. They have three days of work there before returning to North Texas for their exhibition opener at home on Monday night. They open the regular season Oct. 13 at Nashville.

    “I think he’s disappointed he’s not at camp, we are too,” Nill said before the team departed for the Austin area. “I think it’s very important for a younger player and as you mentioned, the (new) coaching staff. … We do have some time on our side, but we wish he gets here as soon as he can.”

    Robertson had a base salary of $750,000 last season, the end of a $2.775 million, three-year contract. He still has five more years before he has the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent.

    The left wing turned 23 soon after the end of last season, when he had 41 goals and 38 assists for 79 points in his 74 games. Robertson joined Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano, Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin as the only 40-goal scorers since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993.

    A second-round draft pick by the Stars in 2017, Robertson has 125 points (58 goals, 67 assists) in his 128 NHL games. He had one goal and three assists in his first postseason action last season, when Dallas lost its first-round playoff series in seven games against Calgary.

    DeBoer said he looks forward to coaching Robertson, but that the forward’s absence won’t change his plans for camp.

    “It doesn’t impact what I’m doing,” DeBoer said. “Listen, I laid awake at night with the excitement of coaching Jason Robertson, 40-plus goals, but he’s not here. So, you know, until he gets here, I can’t spend any energy on that.”

    Nill said the Stars are open to a long-term extension or a bridge contract for Robertson, who was part of the team’s top line last season with veteran Joe Pavelski and Roope Hintz. They combined for 232 points, the second-most in franchise history for a trio.

    “We’re open to anything. But other than that … I’m not going to negotiate through the media,” Nill said. “As I said, we’ve had good conversations. We’ll see where it goes.”

    Training camps open around NHL after another short offseason

    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
    3 Comments

    Training camps open around the NHL after another short offseason, a third in a row squeezed by the pandemic. That doesn’t bother Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon one bit.

    For one of hockey’s best players and his teammates, it’s already time to get back on the ice and defend their Stanley Cup title, less than three months since they knocked off the back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

    “I still feel like I just was playing,” MacKinnon said. “I took two weeks off, and then I started skating again. It’s just fun. I enjoy it, and I like the short summer. It feels like the season’s just kind of rolling over again.”

    The NHL rolls into fall coming off an entertaining playoffs and final with the chance to finally get back on a normal schedule. That means full camps for teams that got new coaches and the benefits of a regular routine.

    That means a mere 88 days between Game 6 of the final and the first-on ice practice sessions.

    “We’re kind of used to it now,” Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy said after he and the Lightning lost in the final for the first time in three consecutive trips. “It’s a little harder, of course, because you don’t have that much time to rest. It’s basically a few weeks and you have to get back at it. But, yeah, I can’t complain. You want your summers to be short every year.”

    It was a little longer for Connor McDavid and the Oilers after losing to Colorado in the West final. Despite the lack of downtime, McDavid “wouldn’t trade that in for anything” and aims to make it even further since Edmonton shored up its goaltending situation by adding Jack Campbell.

    A few spins of the goalie carousel ended with the Avalanche acquiring Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers and Cup winner Darcy Kuemper landing with Washington. Joining new teammates, many of whom hoisted the Cup in 2018, Kuemper is not worried about less time off.

    “It was definitely a very unique summer,” Kuemper said. “With how short it was, you start getting back into the gym and you’re kind of a little bit worried that your training’s going to be so short. But you kind of felt like you weren’t getting back into shape. You were already there.”

    NEW COACHES

    The Oilers are one of several teams settling in for training camp under a new coach. Jay Woodcroft took over as interim coach in February but has the full-time job now.

    “Looking forward to a camp with him,” McDavid said. “He did a great job coming in during the middle of the season, but it’s never easy on a coach, for sure. I’m sure there’s things that he wanted to touch on that you wasn’t able to kind of in the middle of the year, so he’ll be able to to touch on all of it this year.”

    The same goes for Bruce Boudreau in Vancouver, 11 months since being put in charge of the Canucks. Philadelphia’s John Tortorella, Boston’s Jim Montgomery, Vegas’ Bruce Cassidy, Dallas’ Peter DeBoer, Florida’s Paul Maurice, Chicago’s Luke Richardson, Detroit’s Derek Lalonde and the New York Islanders’ Lane Lambert are all starting the job fresh.

    CAMP TRYOUTS

    Roughly 40 players are attending a camp on a professional tryout agreement with the chance to earn a contract for the season. James Neal has that opportunity with the Blue Jackets, and Derek Stepan returned to Carolina to seek a job with the Hurricanes.

    The most intriguing situation involves 37-year-old center Eric Staal, who agreed to the tryout with Florida the same time brother Marc signed a one-year contract. Younger brother Jordan was with Eric and Marc on the 18th green at Pebble Beach to witness the occasion.

    “They’re both just super pumped, as was I,” said Jordan Staal, who is the captain of the Hurricanes. “Eric is excited about the opportunity and Marc, as well. Really cool. Really cool thing.”

    EARLY START

    Before the puck drops on the NHL season in North America on Oct. 11, the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks play twice in Prague on Oct. 7 and 8. And those are not exhibitions.

    “We still play two important games,” said Sharks forward Tomas Hertl, who is a native of Prague. “It’s not just preseason where you coming here to warm up.”

    Colorado and Columbus will also play two games in Tampere, Finland, on Nov. 4-5 as part of the NHL’s Global Series.

    And just as the league gets used to a regular schedule, work is ongoing between the league and NHL Players’ Association to stage a World Cup of Hockey in February 2024, which is popular among players even if it knocks the calendar off kilter again.

    “I think they missed out on a huge, huge portion of the international game that’s really going to be missed,” McDavid said. “We need to figure out a way to get an international tournament in as quickly as possible.”

    Matthew Tkachuk, Panthers ready for 1st training camp together

    Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports
    1 Comment

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Aleksander Barkov was sound asleep at his home in Finland when the trade that brought Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers was finalized, which isn’t surprising considering it was around 4 a.m. in that part of the world.

    He woke up and read texts from friends reacting to the deal.

    And it wasn’t too long before he got a message from Tkachuk.

    “The first message was `(expletive) right’ and how he was excited to come to Florida,” Barkov, the Panthers’ captain, said at Florida’s media day. “`Let’s take this next step, let’s be a winning team for many years to come.’ That’s who he is. He wants to win. He wants to bring that character to this organization. And I think he’s done some damage already.”

    With that, Barkov was sold.

    And after a few weeks of informally skating with one another, the Panthers start the process of officially seeing what they have in Tkachuk when the team’s training camp – the first under new coach Paul Maurice – opens.

    “We’ve basically had everybody here for a few weeks,” Tkachuk said. “I feel like I’ve been in training camp for a couple of weeks. So today doesn’t feel that new to me. I’ve gotten to know everybody … so let’s get these games going. I’m sick and tired of just practicing and working. I want to start playing some games. I think everybody feels the same way.”

    Maurice was hired over the summer as well, inheriting a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy last season and went to the second round of the playoffs — the first series win for Florida since the run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1996.

    He’s as eager as the players are for the first formal practice, calling it “our first Christmas.”

    “The house is bought. Most of the boxes are unpacked,” Maurice said. “I’ve got two kids that kind of came with me; one’s in Coral Gables, one’s in Estero. Their places are unpacked. They’re out of our house. Once you get down here, for me, you spend most of your days at the rink. So, experiencing all of South Florida, we haven’t gotten to that yet.”

    As part of the deal that went down on July 22, the 24-year-old Tkachuk signed a eight-year, $76 million contract. That’s not the only big cost that the Panthers had to agree to while executing the trade; they also sent Jonathan Huberdeau, the franchise’s all-time scoring leader, and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a left wing who had career bests of 42 goals, 62 assists and 104 points last season.

    “I wish all the best to Huby and Weegs,” Barkov said. “They’re great. Everyone loved them. Only good things to say about them. It happens, and for sure, it was best for the team and organization to do this. We move on, and we’ll get ready for a new season.”

    BOBROVSKY’S SUMMER

    Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is Russian, still makes his home in St. Petersburg, and went there for the bulk of his offseason.

    He said it was not logistically difficult to travel there (or return to the U.S.) this summer, even as the war that started when Russia invaded Ukraine continues. Bobrovsky said last season that he was not trying to focus on anything but hockey, and when asked if it was difficult to be back in Russia as war continues he kept the same approach.

    “I had a good summer,” Bobrovsky said. “I saw friends, I saw family. It’s all been fine. I don’t want to talk about what’s going on. I’m not involved in that stuff.”

    CAMP ROSTER

    Florida is opening camp with 56 players – 31 forwards, 19 defensemen and six goalies. That group includes brothers Eric Staal and Marc Staal; Marc Staal signed as a free agent in July; Eric Staal is with Florida on a tryout contract.