NHL free agent day signings

The most exciting day of the year is upon us. At noon ET today, contracts for a ton of players expire, making them unrestricted free agents. Thus begins the frenzy, where teams spend (usually way too much) to fill their ranks.

There are some big names in this year’s free agency: Johnny Gaudreau, Evgeny MalkinClaude Giroux, Darcy Kuemper, and Jack Campbell.

Below we will track the free-agency day signings. Come follow along for silly season.


Free agency live updates

It’s no. Let’s go.

  • G Jack Campbell with EDM. 5 x 5.5M (by ELF)
  • Ex-Caps G Ilya Samsonov with TOR. 1 x $1.8M (by Seravalli)

Ilya Samsonov signs one-year deal with Toronto Maple Leafs

  • F Claude Giroux with OTT. 3 x $6.5M (by LeBrun)
  • D Ian Cole with TBL. 1 x $3M (by Seravalli)
  • D Brendan Smith with NJD. 2 x $1.1M (per Seravalli)
  • Ex-Caps D Justin Schultz with SEA. 2 x $3M “ish” (by ELF)

Justin Schultz signs two-year deal with Seattle Kraken

  • D Nick Leddy stays with STL. 4 years. (by Seravalli)
  • F Curtis Lazar with VAN. 3 x $1M (by ELF)
  • F Kevin Rooney with CGY. 2 x $1.3M (by ELF)
  • F Vincent Trocheck with NYR. 7 x $5.6M. (by Seravalli)
  • F Nicolas Aube-Kubel with TOR. 1 x $1M (by ELF)
  • F Andrew Copp with DET. 5 x $5.6 (by Dreger)
  • D Troy Stecher with ARI. 1 x $1.25M (by Craig Morgan)
  • Fs Domi and Athanasiou both with CHI. 1 x $3M (by Seravalli)
  • G Eric Comrie with BUF. 2 x $1.8M (by ELF)
  • Trade! Brent Burns to Carolina. Lots of details.

Darcy Kuemper signs five-year contract to become Capitals number one goaltender

Capitals sign Charlie Lindgren to be their backup goaltender

  • D Colin Miller with DAL. 2 x $1.85M (for Stars)
  • F Josh Archibald with PIT. 1 x $900k (by Seravalli)
  • F Nico Sturm with SJS. 3 x $2M (by LeBrun)
  • D Markus Nutivaara with SJS. 1 x $1.5M (per Sheng Peng)
  • F Ondrej Kase with CAR. 1 x 1.5M (by LeBrun)
  • Uh, Max Pacioretty gets traded by Vegas to Carolina…for free. (by LeBrun)
  • The Caps have plucked Connor Brown from Ottawa in exchange for a 2024 second-round pick. (by Bobby Margs)

We are eight hours into free agency and things are slowing down, but we’ll keep tracking for a bit longer. Still some very big names out there, and the Caps have room to make moves.


Signings and rumblings that occurred before noon

  • Johnny Gaudreau will test free agency and not return to Calgary (via @frank_seravalli)
  • Evander Kane signs extension with EDM 4x$5.125M (via @Bob_Stauffer)
  • Jack Campbell closing in on a 5x$5M deal with EDM (via @KevinWeekes)
  • If Darcy Kuemper signs with the Caps, his deal is expected to be in the 5x$5.5M range (via @frank_seravalli)
  • Senators frontrunners to land Claude Giroux (via @PierreVLeBrun)
  • Devils and Flyers frontrunners to land Johnny Gaudreau (via @KKurzNHL and @emilymkaplan)
  • Vincent Trochek linked to the Rangers (via @MollieeWalkerr)
  • Darren Helm stays in Colorado for one more season at $1.25M (via @PierreVLeBrun)
  • The Devils have traded Pavel Zacha to the Boston Bruins for Erik Haula (via @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Blues and Robert Thomas have agreed to 8x$8M extension (via @jprutherford)
  • Josh Manson staying with the Avalanche 4x$4.5M (via @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Martin Jones is heading west to the Kraken (via @andystrickland)
  • Ilya Samsonov closing in on deal with Maple Leafs (via @StapeAthletic)
  • Hurricanes working on trade to acquire Brent Burns (via @PierreVLeBrun)
  • Senators and Oilers working on Connor Brown trade (via @TSNBobMcKenzie)
  • Jack Adams finalist Andrew Brunette joining the Devils staff (via @KevinWeekes)
  • Victor Olofsson re-signs in Buffalo 2x$4.75M (via @BuffaloSabres)
  • Thomas Greiss headed to St. Louis (via @jprutherford)

Teams’ Cap Space heading into noon

NHL teams can go up to 10 percent over the salary cap ($90.75 million) until rosters are due to start the season in October. Here are all the details about Free Agency from Cap Friendly.


This story will be updated throughout the day. How below.

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