ProHockeyTalk’s 2020 NHL free agency tracker

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It’s time for NHL Free Agency! The off-season is under way and with the market opening 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

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.

NHL Free Agency Offer Sheet Compensation Scale

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.

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.

NHL Free Agency Signings

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.

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 sigd 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.

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.

NHL Free Agency Signings

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.

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.

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.

Can Blues contend for a Stanley Cup after Pietrangelo’s departure?

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After the smoke cleared in 2020 NHL Free Agency, the Blues indeed said goodbye to Alex Pietrangelo. Blues GM Doug Armstrong can be wily, though, and he reminded us by unexpectedly signing Torey Krug. That swap of defensemen serves as the most important change to the Blues during this offseason, but this seems like a good opportunity to ponder where the 2019 Stanley Cup champions stand heading into 2020-21.

With Pietrangelo out and Krug in, can the Blues contend in 2020-21? Let’s ponder what’s changed, what they’re up against, and their room to maneuver.

Blues lose Pietrangelo, but could make up some of difference on D

On the bright side, Torey Krug can replace some of the value the Blues lost in Pietrangelo’s free agent departure. While Krug isn’t as dominant defensively, he’s an offensive dynamo, and his all-around game is probably a little underrated.

Theoretically, the Blues could replace Pietrangelo’s value by committee, too.

To start, Krug could meet (and maybe even exceed) Pietrangelo’s offensive output. Although the Bruins’ firepower augmented Krug’s production, he has the skill to run a power play. And, for as much of a too-clever-for-their-own-good move it was to add Justin Faulk, Faulk could also help on the PP.

Above all, big defenseman Colton Parayko may stand as the biggest reason why the Blues decided they could afford to say goodbye to Pietrangelo. If anything, Pietrangelo might have obscured Parayko’s potential as a true No. 1.

Also, can the Blues — or someone — actually realize how useful Vince Dunn is?

Dunn Parayko Evolving Hockey
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While it’s important to account for Dunn getting cushier assignments, you’d think the 23-year-old RFA would gain a little bit more attention. Consider this Evolving Hockey RAPM comparison between Dunn and Parayko at 5-on-5:

With that in mind, it’s a little puzzling that Dunn might find himself behind Marco Scandella on the Blues’ depth chart, as he’s listed by The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford (sub required).

(Frankly, if I were running most/all of the other 30 NHL teams, I’d be scheming to try to pry Dunn loose, and maybe sign him to a bargain deal.)

Anyway, the point is: losing Pietrangelo hurts. Even so, the Blues have the goods to be quite good on defense, nonetheless.

Why the Blues could get off to a bumpy start

Starting with the growing pains of moving on from Pietrangelo, it’s possible that the Blues might start 2020-21 slow. Beyond that reason, consider:

  • Vladimir Tarasenko could begin the season on LTIR. While this offseason was a wise time to go under the knife, it doesn’t mean he’ll be ready whenever 2020-21 starts. As well as the Blues played without Tarasenko last season, he’d be missed.
  • Their goaltending situation looks thinner.

As disappointing as Jake Allen had been the previous two seasons, he was fantastic in 2019-20. He clearly outplayed Jordan Binnington, who wasn’t disastrous, but also wasn’t a revelation like in 2018-19.

Shipping Allen out made plenty of sense from a salary cap perspective. That said, now the Blues must lean on Binnington, as Ville Husso currently stands as his likely backup. Being that Husso’s 25 and hasn’t played a minute in the NHL, that’s an unstable situation.

While the Blues’ cap situation is snug, I almost wonder if a Ryan Miller reunion would be in order? Sure, making him a trade deadline addition didn’t pan out, but he’s settled in nicely as one of the NHL’s more competent backups. Just spitballing here, folks.

As it stands, the Blues could be in tough if the 2020-21 season demands several back-to-backs.

Blues Stanley Cup chances Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas brings big expectations. (Photo by Joe Puetz/NHLI via Getty Images)

A smooth transition?

When you look at the Blues’ roster, you may note that the core isn’t getting any younger. Even after waving goodbye to 30-year-old Pietrangelo. These aren’t ancient players, but most of them are approaching age 30. Maybe Ryan O'Reilly‘s cerebral game means he’ll age like Patrice Bergeron; maybe ROR’s limited wheels will eventually slow him down too much.

But, either way, the Blues are built to win now. That said, they should also emphasize getting more out of at least one key young player.

That player is Robert Thomas.

You’ve probably heard about him before, but his development could have a big impact on the Blues’ ceiling. As highly as I thought of him, I must admit I was surprised to see Thomas ranked 20 on Corey Pronman’s list of the top 155 NHL players under 23 years old (sub required).

As far as career outlook goes, Pronman ranked Thomas ahead of Nico Hischier, Mikhail Sergachev, and Charlie McAvoy. Wow.

Whether Thomas finishes behind those strong players in the long run or not, it’s up to the Blues to get the most out of his talents. They may very well lean on Thomas in a bigger way in 2020-21, possibly lining him up with Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz.

Thomas isn’t the only young Blues player of note. Jordan Kyrou is intriguing in his own right. But we’ve already seen the Blues put some trust in Thomas, including during their Stanley Cup run, and now might be the perfect time to truly see what they have in the playmaker.

Fighting for second?

In 2019-20, the Blues won the Central Division, beating the Avalanche by a narrow margin. Even if the Blues kept Pietrangelo, they probably wouldn’t be favored to finish first in the Central ahead of Colorado.

That said, if the NHL’s current divisional format sticks — not a guarantee – then the Blues are in a solid position to at least finish in one of the top three spots. Consider that the Predators bled depth, while the Blackhawks embraced a rebuild. The Stars stood in place, while the Jets got a bit better. Finally, the Wild … are kind of all over the place.

Overall, the Blues appear to be in a favorable situation to grab a playoff spot, even if a higher seed maybe be tough to come by. Really, this team is built to win in the playoffs, so the key is to get there as healthy and fresh as possible.

Are they still true contenders in the West? That remains to be seen.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

ProHockeyTalk’s 2020 NHL Offseason Trade Tracker

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The offseason has arrived and there are plenty of NHL trades that will go down before next season. Check back here for all of the trades that teams will be making in hopes of improving their chances at winning the 2021 Stanley Cup.

2020 NHL offseason trades

Oct. 12

Colorado Avalanche: Devon Toews (link)
New York Islanders: 2020 second-round pick, 2021 second-round pick

Vegas Golden Knights: 2022 third-round pick (link)
Vancouver Canucks: Nate Schmidt

Oct. 11

Colorado Avalanche: Kyle Burroughs
New York Islanders: A.J. Greer

Oct. 10

Ottawa Senators: Austin Watson
Nashville Predators: 2021 fourth-round pick

New Jersey Devils: Andreas Johnsson (link)
Toronto Maple Leafs: Joey Anderson

Colorado Avalanche: Brandon Saad, Dennis Gilbert (link)
Chicago Blackhawks: Nikita Zadorov, Anton Lindholm
*Blackhawks retain $1M of Saad’s 2020-21 salary.

Oct. 9

Winnipeg Jets: Paul Stastny
Vegas Golden Knights: 2022 conditional fourth-round pick, Carl Dahlstrom

Oct. 8

Columbus Blue Jackets: Cliff Pu
Florida Panthers: Markus Nutivaara

Anaheim Ducks: 2021 fifth-round pick
Ottawa Senators: Erik Gudbranson

Oct. 8 (link)

New Jersey Devils: Ryan Murray
Columbus Blue Jackets: 2021 fifth-round pick

Oct. 7 (link)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Jonathan Gruden, 2020 second-round pick
Ottawa Senators: Matt Murray

Oct. 7 (link)

Minnesota Wild: Nick Bonino, 2020 second-round pick, 2020 third-round pick
Nashville Predators: Luke Kunin, 2020 fourth-round pick

Oct. 7

New York Rangers: 2020 second-round pick
Los Angeles Kings: Lias Andersson

Oct. 5 (link)

Minnesota Wild: 2021 third-round pick
San Jose Sharks: Ryan Donato

Minnesota Wild: 2022 fifth-round pick
San Jose Sharks: Devan Dubnyk, 2022 seventh-round pick
*Wild retains 50% of Dubnyk’s 2020-21 salary

Oct. 4 (link)

Los Angeles Kings: Olli Maatta
Chicago Blackhawks: Brad Morrison
*Blackhawks retain $750k of Maatta’s salary through 2021-22

Oct. 2

Ottawa Senators: Josh Brown
Florida Panthers: 2020 fourth-round pick

Sept. 28

Chicago Blackhawks: Brandon Pirri
Vegas Golden Knights: Dylan Sikura

Sept. 26 (link)

Detroit Red Wings: Marc Staal, 2021 second-round pick
New York Rangers: Future considerations

Sept. 24 (link)

Florida Panthers: Patric Hornqvist
Pittsburgh Penguins: Mike Matheson, Colton Sceviour

Sept. 16 (link)

Buffalo Sabres: Eric Staal
Minnesota Wild: Marcus Johansen

Sept. 12 (link)

Montreal Canadiens: Joel Edmundson
Carolina Hurricanes: 2020 fifth-round pick

Sept. 11 (link)

Minnesota Wild: Nick Bjugstad
Pittsburgh Penguins: 2021 conditional seventh-round pick
*Penguins retaining 50% of Bjugstad’s salary. Wild get the pick if Bjugstad plays in 70 games or earns 35 points in the 2020-21 season.

Sept. 2 (link)

Montreal Canadiens: Jake Allen, 2022 seventh-round pick
St. Louis Blues: 2020 third-round pick, 2020 seventh-round pick

Devils’ success next season will hinge on goaltending duo, youth

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There were seven teams that did not qualify for the NHL’s expanded 24-team playoff field this past season. Over the next few days we are going to take a look at each of them to examine whether or not they are capable of bouncing back this upcoming season. We continue today with the New Jersey Devils.

Last offseason the New Jersey Devils went all in on trying to be a playoff team.

They won the draft lottery and selected Jack Hughes No. 1 overall. They acquired P.K. Subban in a trade with Nashville, signed Wayne Simmonds, and made the bold move to trade for Nikita Gusev. On top of all of that they were also — hopefully — going to get a full season of a healthy Taylor Hall.

But thanks in part to a miserable start to the season, that featured several blown multi-goal leads and some sub-par goaltending, the Devils found themselves in a deep, deep hole in a wildly competitive Metropolitan Division and were never able to climb out of it.

They fired the coach (John Hynes) and general manager (Ray Shero), and began selling off assets before the trade deadline, trading Hall, Simmonds, Blake Coleman, Sami Vatanen, and Andy Greene.

The result was a second consecutive non-playoff season, and the eighth in the past 10 years.

How are the Devils looking now?

The biggest weakness becomes a potential strength

The biggest question mark for the Devils at the start of the 2019-20 season was definitely their goalie situation.

Mackenzie Blackwood had only played 20 NHL games and was completely unproven, while Cory Schneider had rapidly declined.

Blackwood ended up having a great second half finished with outstanding numbers, while the Devils were very competitive with him in net, finishing with a 22-14-8 record when he played. That record is a 96-point pace over 82 games.

In the games Blackwood did not play, the Devils went just 6-15-7 with Schneider, Louis Domingue, and Gilles Senn in net. That is a 55-point pace over 82 games.

Quite a difference.

Blackwood’s emergance is significant because it gives the Devils a young, quality NHL goalie (.916 save percentage in 70 career games) they can count on.

What makes it even more significant is they are now teaming him up with Corey Crawford after signing the veteran to a two-year deal.

While injuries have been an issue for Crawford in recent seasons, he is still an outstanding goalie when healthy. The combination of him and Blackwood should give the Devils an excellent duo in net and take what was their biggest question mark and turn it into what might be their greatest strength this coming season.

It remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to get them back into the playoff hunt, but if you are going to be strong at one position, that is the one to be strong at.

Improvement needs to come from within

Losing Hall and Coleman from last year’s time puts a pretty significant dent in what was an already weak offensive team, and at the moment the only real outside additions have been the trades for Andreas Johnsson from Toronto and Ryan Murray from Columbus.

And while those were very strong trades, Johnsson is not going to be a franchise-changer and Murray is more of a defensive addition.

The players that could be franchise-changers are Hughes and Nico Hischier, the two recent No. 1 overall picks on the roster.

Hischier may not ever be a superstar, but he is already a very good player that can make an impact on both sides of the puck. He is also still at an age where he probably still has some untapped offensive potential.

Hughes is the player that has the potential to be the game-changer offensively. He had a lot of growing pains his rookie season, but that is to be expected from an 18-year-old. A breakout year from either player offensively (or both) would probably do more to improve the Devils’ offense than any outside addition they could reasonably acquire.

But it is not just the young players that need to improve.

Subban was the focal point of their offseason overhaul a year ago and he simply did not make the impact the Devils were expecting. He wasn’t necessarily bad, he just wasn’t the P.K. Subban we have grown accustomed to seeing in Montreal and Nashville. I don’t think he is done as a top player, but him bouncing back is a must for the Devils to improve.

The outlook

The Blackwood and Crawford duo is going to give them a chance, but they are playing in a brutal division that had five of the top-11 teams in points percentage from this past season, as well as teams like Columbus and the New York Rangers that are going to be very competitive.

That is a lot standing in front of them.

To make a move this season the goalies have to be great, the two young stars need to take another step forward, and Subban needs to bounce back.

Long-term, the Devils have some major decisions to make and a lot of long-term holes to fill. They have almost no long-term commitments on the books outside of Hischier, while they have five pending unrestricted free agents after this season including two of their most productive forwards in Gusev and Kyle Palmieri.

Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

PHT Morning Skate: NHL ’94 on rewind; Meghan Duggan’s impact

PHT Morning Skate: NHL '94 on rewind; Meghan Duggan's impact
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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from the NHL and around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit for the PHT Morning Skate? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Ryan Dixon looks at five moves that could pay off from 2020 NHL Free Agency. While results may very, I think Dixon makes an especially good point that the Flames could’ve really hit it big with Jacob Markstrom. Like many, I cringed at the term, but when you think about plausible best-case scenarios, this could pay off immensely for Calgary. At least in the short term. Also, now I want sourdough. [Sportsnet]

Ilya Mikheyev signed with the Maple Leafs late on Tuesday. [Maple Leafs]

• Will Zdeno Chara be back with the Bruins? And should the Bruins want him back? Two challenging questions for Boston. [NBC Sports Boston]

• Are high-end players available more often than we realize? Sin Bin Vegas argues as much. [Sin Bin Vegas]

• For all the ways PHT is tackling 2020 NHL Free Agency, we haven’t tackled the fantasy fallout. Rotoworld’s Daily Dose captures rising and falling player values after the frenzy. [Rotoworld]

• Could signings like Taylor Hall show that coach Ralph Krueger is gaining influence over the Sabres’ moves? If nothing else, “being part of the reason Taylor Hall signed in Buffalo” is a pretty good thing for Krueger to put on his resume. [Buffalo Hockey Beat/Times Herald]

• After making some moves, the Blue Jackets could use a scoring winger/forward. As we discussed, there are options, but maybe not many great ones. On a related note, it would be great theater to watch Max Domi and Mike Hoffman drive John Tortorella up the wall with defensive mistakes. [The Hockey Writers]

Hockey and NHL links beyond 2020 Free Agency: Women’s hockey, NHL ’94 Rewind, more

• The NWHL’s Toronto Six named Digit Murphy as their first-ever head coach. [Toronto Six]

• “The tall one holding them all together.” A detailed look at what Meghan Duggan’s career meant to one hockey fan. [The Ice Garden]

• Should the Rangers allow Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere to participate in the 2021 World Juniors? Signs seem to point to no — for now — but this explores that question nonetheless. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• With NHL ’94 Rewind, EA Sports knocks the dust out of the old cartridge of nostalgia as part of an “NHL 21” preorder package. Behind the decision to bring back the pixels and revive the beloved 16-bit game. [ESPN]

• Why Noah Hanifin is now more important than ever for the Flames. [Flames Nation]

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.