NHL Free Agent Day Signings


NHL Free Agent Day Signings

The most exciting day of the year is just around the corner. At 12:00 ET today, a number of players are out of contract, making them unrestricted free agents. Thus begins the frenzy in which teams spend (usually way too much) to fill their ranks.

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

Below we will track the signings of Free Agency Day. Come with us into the summer slump.

Cap space of the teams towards noon

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

Signs and banging in the morning

  • Johnny Gaudreau will test free hand and not return to Calgary (via @frank_seravalli)
  • Evander Kane Signs EDM 4x $5.125M Extension (Via @Bob_Stauffer)
  • Jack Campbell Strikes $5×5 Million Deal With EDM (via @KevinWeekes)
  • If Darcy Kuemper signs with the Caps, his deal is expected to be in the $5 x $5.5 million range (via @frank_seravalli)
  • Senators frontrunner in landing 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 another season for $1.25 million (via @PierreVLeBrun)
  • The Devils traded Pavel Zacha to the Boston Bruins for Erik Haula (via @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Blues and Robert Thomas have agreed to an $8 x $8 million extension (via @jprutherford)
  • Josh Manson stays with the Avalanche 4x$4.5 million (via @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Martin Jones drives west to the Kraken (via @andystrickland)
  • Ilya Samsonov finalizes deal with Maple Leafs (via @StapeAthletic)
  • Hurricanes work on trade to acquire Brent Burns (via @PierreVLeBrun)
  • Senators and Oilers working on the Connor Brown trade (via @TSNBobMcKenzie)
  • Jack Adams finalist Andrew Brunette joins the Devils staff (via @KevinWeekes)
  • Victor Olofsson re-signs $2x$4.75 million in Buffalo (via @BuffaloSabres)
  • Thomas Greiss went to St. Louis (via @jprutherford)

Capitals free agency preview

After sending Vitek Vanecek to New Jersey and choosing not to qualify Ilya Samsonov, the Capitals need goalies. Like two of them. You can also look for center depth, with Nicklas backstrom outside, depth forward and a defender.

We’ve already discussed some interesting options for the top line right wing, center six, deep left wing, left-handed defender and—perhaps most importantly—the goaltender.

The Capitals have been rumored to be backing goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

Free live agency updates

It’s midday. Let’s go.

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

Ilya Samsonov has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs

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

Justin Schultz signs a two-year contract with Seattle Kraken

  • D Nick Leddy stays with STL. 4 years. (per Seravalli)
  • F Curtis Lazar with VAN. 3 x $1M (per ELF)
  • F Kevin Rooney with CGY. 2 x $1.3 million (per ELF)
  • F Vincent Trocheck with NYR. 7 x $5.6 million. (per Seravalli)
  • F Nicolas Aube-Kubel with TOR. 1 x $1M (per ELF)
  • F Andrew Copp with DET. 5x $5.6 (per Dreger)
  • D Troy Stecher with ARI. 1 x $1.25 million (per Craig Morgan)
  • Fs Domi and Athanasiou both with CHI. 1 x $3 million (per Seravalli)
  • G.Eric Comrie with BUF. 2 x $1.8 million (per ELF)
  • Act! Brent Burns to Carolina. Lots of details.
  • F Ilya Mikheyev with VAN. 4 x $4.75 million (by John Shannon)
  • G Jaroslav Halak with NYR. 1 x $1.55 million (per Dreger)
  • D Olli Maatta with DET. 1 x $2.25 million (per Dreger)
  • F Frank Vatrano with ANA. 3 x $3.65 million (per ELF)
  • F Adam Gaudette with TOR. 1 x $750,000 (per Johnston)
  • D Brett Kulak with EDM. 4 x $2.75 million (per ELF)
  • F Vladislav Namestnikov with TBL. 1 x $2.5 million (per Schmitt)
  • D Nicolas Meloche with CGY. 1 x $950,000 (per wash)
  • G. Dustin Tokarski with PIT. 1 x $775,000 (per pen)
  • Big signings in Tampa. D Mikhail Sergachev 8 x $8.5M (per ELF), F. Anthony Cirelli 8 x $6.25M (per mark) and D. Erik Cernak 8 x $5.2M (per Johnston)
  • G Alex Stalock with CHI. 1 x $750,000 (per powers)
  • F Brendan Lemieux with LAK. 1 x $1.35 million (per Seravalli)
  • G Darcy Kuemper with WSH. 5 x $26.5M (per capitals)

Darcy Kuemper signs five-year deal to become the Capitals’ best goaltender

The Capitals sign Charlie Lindgren as a backup goaltender

We’ve got three hours of free reign and things are slowing down, but we’ll be following for a little longer. There are still some very big names out there and the Caps have room to move.

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

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