Typically, NHL free agency begins on July 1 each offseason: a cherished tradition on Canada Day up north, and a pre-Independence Day festival of commerce for those of us in the United States.
On July 1, 2021, the Stanley Cup had yet to be awarded. But 27 days later, we are ready for the frenzy to begin.
Although the key dates have shifted, the goal of free agency has not: GMs around the NHL hope to land the game-changing veteran who can boost their contention status or bolster their core with the glue that builds championships.
Here’s our continuously updated tracker, featuring a list of every player signed, along with analysis on the biggest deals and buzz on what could happen next. Note that the newest deals are at the top.
Avalanche come to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Dennis Gilbert on a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Restricted free-agent forward Kevin Fiala agrees to one-year, $5.1 million deal with the Wild.
Blackhawks reach agreement on a one-year, $847,000 deal with restricted free agent Alexander Nylander.
The Juuse Saros era will officially continue, as the restricted free-agent goaltender reaches agreement on a four-year, $20 million deal with the Predators.
Restricted free-agent forward Jason Dickinson inks a three-year, $7.95 million contract with the Canucks.
An expansion draftee, restricted free-agent forward Carsen Twarynski inks a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Kraken.
Sabres and restricted free-agent defenseman Casey Fitzgerald come to terms on a two-year, $1.5 million pact.
Still searching for a Stanley Cup, veteran forward Joe Thornton inks a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Panthers.
Jets come to terms on a one-year, $3.64 million contract with forward Andrew Copp.
Veteran defenseman Slater Koekkoek signs with the Oilers for two years, $1.85 million.
The Jets avoided arbitration, signing defenseman Neal Pionk to a four-year, $23.5 million deal.
After trading for forward Sam Reinhart, the Panthers come to terms on a three-year deal with the restricted free agent.
Blackhawks agree to terms on a two-year, $1.6 million contract with forward Mike Hardman.
Red Wings avoid arbitration, sign restricted free-agent forward Jakub Vrana to a three-year, $15.75 million deal.
Lightning bring back restricted free-agent forward Ross Colton via a two-year, $2.25 million deal.
Restricted free-agent forward Janne Kuokkanen comes to terms with Devils on two-year, $3.65 million contract.
Goaltender Igor Shesterkin, Rangers agree to a four-year, $22.4 million pact.
Capitals reach agreement with goaltender Ilya Samsonov on a one-year, $2 million deal.
Blue Jackets come to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Andrew Peeke on a two-year, $1.575 million contract.
Flyers extend their relationship with restricted free-agent goalie Carter Hart, agreeing to a three-year, $11.9 million deal.
Restricted free-agent goaltender Stuart Skinner signs a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Oilers.
Wild reach agreement on a one-year, $840,000 contract with restricted free-agent forward Will Bitten.
Forward Brendan Perlini finds a home with the Oilers, inking one-year, $750,000 contract.
Oilers open up the vault, ink defenseman Darnell Nurse to an eight-year, $74 million deal.
Canadiens boost their organizational goaltending depth, agreeing to terms on one-year, $750,000 deal with Michael McNiven.
Restricted free-agent defenseman Kale Clague remains with the Kings via a one-year, $761,000 pact.
Veteran forward Marcus Johansson is the latest to join the NHL’s newest team, inking a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Kraken.
Islanders extend their business relationship with defenseman Adam Pelech, agreeing to an eight-year, $46 million contract.
Restricted free-agent forward Brandon Hagel is back with the Blackhawks via a three-year, $4.5 million deal.
Penguins bring back restricted free-agent forward Zach Aston-Reese via a one-year, $1.725 million contract.
RFA defenseman William Borgen agrees to terms with the Kraken on a two-year, $1.8 million deal.
Predators extend their time with RFA defenseman Dante Fabbro, by way of a two-year, $4.8 million contract.
RFA defenseman Austin Strand agrees to terms on a one-year, $772,000 deal with the Kings.
Devils add some veteran help on the wing, signing forward Tomas Tatar to a two-year, $9 million contract.
Unrestricted free-agent forward Michael Vecchione inks a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Capitals.
RFA forward Michael Pezzetta is back with the Canadiens, by way of a one-year, $750,000 pact.
Maple Leafs reach agreement on the terms of a one-year, $750,000 deal with RFA defenseman Joseph Duszak.
Devils come to terms on a two-year, $4 million deal with RFA forward Yegor Sharangovich.
After trading for goaltender Adin Hill this offseason, the Ducks inked him to a two-year deal.
Defenseman Victor Mete agrees to terms on a one-year, $1.2 million deal with the Senators.
Restricted free agent forward Zach Sanford is back with the Blues by way of a one-year, $2 million contract.
The Jets extend their time with restricted free agent defenseman Logan Stanley via a two-year, $1.8 million deal.
Coyotes agree to terms with unrestricted free-agent forward Travis Boyd on a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Restricted free-agent defenseman Joseph Cecconi agrees to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Stars.
Penguins sign restricted free-agent forward Radim Zohorna to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
Restricted free-agent forward Jordan Kyrou will be back with the Blues, via a two-year, $5.6 million deal.
The Avalanche reach an agreement on a one-year, $2 million deal with veteran defenseman Ryan Murray.
Hurricanes come to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with RFA forward Stefan Noesen.
RFA defenseman Brennan Menell agrees to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.
Canadiens come to terms with RFA forward Artturi Lehkonen on a one-year, $2.3 million contract.
Forward Riley Nash agrees to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Jets.
After coming over to Edmonton via trade, forward Warren Foegele signs a three-year, $8.25 million deal.
Stars come to terms on a new deal for RFA forward Joel Kiviranta: Two years, $2.1 million.
Free-agent forward Nick Ritchie lands with the Maple Leafs via a two-year, $5 million contract.
After a stint with the Bruins, forward Ondrej Kase has inked a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Maple Leafs.
The Blues come to terms with RFA defenseman Calle Rosen on a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Forward Alex Barre-Boulet — who may see an increased role following the exodus of several forwards this summer — re-ups with the Lightning on a three-year, $2.275 million deal.
The Canadiens stay busy, signing restricted free agent forward Mathieu Perreault to a one-year, $950,000 deal.
Hurricanes ink another defenseman, Brendan Smith, to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
The Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Jake Bean from the Hurricanes in exchange for the No. 44 pick during the draft; on Thursday, they signed Bean to a three-year, $7 million contract.
Defenseman Jon Merrill has bounced around a bit recently, and he’ll continue his NHL career with the Wild, inking a one-year, $850,000 deal.
Speedy forward Andreas Athanasiou will continue his tenure with the Kings, inking a one-year, $2.7 million deal.
A one-year, $1.1 million contract has lured Danton Heinen out of free agency and onto the Penguins’ roster.
Our biggest signing yet for Thursday: The Blues have landed veteran forward Brandon Saad on a five-year, $22.5 million contract.
Well, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, we suppose. Corey Perry — who lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Lightning for two straight postseasons — has inked a two-year, $2 million deal with Tampa Bay.
The Avs add to their forward depth, inking veteran Darren Helm to a one-year, $1 million deal.
Forward John Hayden reaches agreement on a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Sabres.
After a trade over from the Devils, forward Nicholas Merkley has signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Sharks.
Another defenseman signs a contract with the Wild: Dmitry Kulikov‘s deal is for two years, $4.5 million.
Golden Knights land forward Patrick Brown via a one-year, $750,000 contract.
The Devils and forward Brian Flynn come to agreement on a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Defenseman Taylor Fedun lands with the Penguins on a one-year, $750,000 pact.
Veteran forward Remi Elie lands with the Lightning on a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Flyers add veteran defenseman Adam Clendening by way of a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Defenseman Kyle Burroughs inks a two-year, $1.5 million deal with the Canucks.
Sabres come to terms of an agreement with defenseman Jimmy Schuldt for one year, $750,000.
Forward Derek Ryan will join the Oilers by way of a two-year, $2.5 million deal.
Goaltender Troy Grosenick inks a one-year, $750,000 pact with the Bruins.
Defenseman Jaycob Megna lands with the Sharks on a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Sean Malone signs on with the Sabres for one year and $750,000.
Jets make it official with forward Luke Johnson, who signs a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Kings add to their goaltending depth by signing Garret Sparks to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Hey, his name almost sounds like Tennessean! Defenseman Matt Tennyson joins the Predators on a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
Wild continue their restock, adding forward Dominic Turgeon on a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Forward Liam O’Brien joins up with the Coyotes by way of a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Defenseman Jordan Oesterle signs a two-year, $2.7 million deal with the Red Wings.
Forward Matt Luff lands in Nashville by way of a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Preds.
Former Rangers defenseman Phillip Di Giuseppe signs a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Canucks.
It’s a one-year, $800,000 contract for forward Andrew Agozzino and the Senators.
Forward Dominik Simon agrees to terms with the Penguins on a one-year, $750,000 deal.
Veteran defenseman Mark Pysyk inks one-year, $900,000 contract with the Sabres.
A blockbuster trade as day turned to night for many hockey fans: The Avalanche traded a 2022 first-round pick, a conditional 2024 third-round draft choice and defenseman Conor Timmins to the Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Grades for the trade.
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth lands with the Rangers on a three-year, $7.5 million contract.
Well, Vitek Vanecek‘s time with the Kraken didn’t last long. Seattle has traded the goalie (whom it selected in the expansion draft) back to the Capitals, in exchange for Winnipeg’s 2023 second-round pick.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 28, 2021
A massive domino has fallen: Defenseman Dougie Hamilton has signed a seven-year, $63 million deal with the Devils. New Jersey subsequently traded defenseman Will Butcher and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Sabres in exchange for future considerations. Grade for the deal.
Dougie in Devils Drip = 🔥 pic.twitter.com/465bvo03FI
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 28, 2021
After spending most of his NHL tenure with the Blue Jackets, and a stint with the Maple Leafs in 2021, Nick Foligno will continue his career with the Bruins, inking a two-year, $7.6 million contract.
🎥 New #NHLBruins forward Nick Foligno on signing with Boston: “They’re a team that I’ve admired from afar – their culture, their structure. They’re always in the thick of it. They’re always a team that seems to have a chance to win.” pic.twitter.com/0TOAsAkdJA
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 28, 2021
Restricted free-agent forward Alexandre Texier re-signs with the Blue Jackets for two years, $3.05 million.
Pius Suter was surprisingly not given a qualifying offer by the Blackhawks, but his free-agent courtship did not last long: The Red Wings have agreed to terms with Suter on a two-year, $6.5 million contract.
Former Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark has moved to another Atlantic Division team, signing a four-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins.
Veteran forward Mike Hoffman has scored wherever he’s played, and he’ll bring that skill set to the Canadiens starting in 2021-22, inking a three-year, $13.5 million deal.
He wasn’t going anywhere else today, but it’s notable that Lightning Brayden Point has inked an eight-year, $76 million extension to remain with Tampa Bay.
Pierre LeBrun examines Tampa Bay’s hefty extension with Brayden Point.
After coming over at the trade deadline, Mattias Janmark will extend his time with the Golden Knights, inking a one-year, $2 million deal.
Veteran forward Ryan Dzingel is headed to the desert, inking a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Coyotes.
Defenseman Luke Schenn is off the market, as the veteran blueliner has signed a two-year, $1.7 million contract with the Canucks.
There may be big news coming on the trade front for the Sabres, but for now we’ll settle for a free-agent signing: One year, $1.05 million for forward Vinnie Hinostroza.
After six seasons with the Hurricanes, forward Brock McGinn moves on to Pittsburgh, signing a four-year, $11 million deal.
Veteran forward Trevor Lewis is off to the Flames, signing a one-year, $800,000 deal.
It’s off to Toronto for forward David Kampf, by way of a two-year, $3 million contract.
The Lightning have said goodbye to a number of players this offseason, but make a wise add in inking veteran center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year, $2 million deal.
Veteran forward Kurtis Gabriel will be joining the Leafs in 2021-22, signing a one-year, $750,000 pact.
Well, he’s not going to Seattle after all. After being selected in the expansion draft, Gavin Bayreuther did not sign with the Kraken, and has instead returned to the Blue Jackets, via a two-year deal.
The Kings add another veteran voice to their dressing room, inking defenseman Alexander Edler to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Minnesota adds another blueliner to its group, signing Joe Hicketts to a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
The Bruins and veteran forward Erik Haula come to terms on a two-year, $4.75 million contract.
Restricted free agent forward Tomas Nosek signs a two-year, $3.5 million pact with the Bruins.
The Blue Jackets are bringing an Ohio native home: Forward Sean Kuraly (from Dublin) has signed a four-year, $10 million contract.
Philipp Grubauer shares what went into his decision to sign with the Kraken.
Veteran center Nick Bonino has moved on to the Bay Area, signing a two-year, $4.1 million deal with the Sharks.
Restricted free agent defenseman Jake McCabe has agreed to terms with the Blackhawks on a four-year, $16 million contract.
The Blackhawks are on the board, inking a two-year, $1.9 million deal with forward Jujhar Khaira.
After franchise stalwart Pekka Rinne announced his retirement this offseason, the Predators needed some goaltending help behind young starter Juuse Saros. They got some of it on Wednesday, inking David Rittich to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
Veteran offensive defenseman Michael Del Zotto won’t be waiting for a deal this year, inking a two-year, $4 million contract with the Senators.
The Hurricanes make another veteran addition on defense, inking Ian Cole to a one-year, $2.9 million pact.
With many moving parts on the Coyotes’ goaltending depth chart, the team has agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with Carter Hutton.
After skating for three different Canadian teams in his NHL tenure, veteran forward Josh Leivo joins the Hurricanes on a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Restricted free agent forward Frederick Gaudreau comes to terms with the Wild on a two-year, $2.4 million contract.
The Canucks’ build on the back end will include Tucker Poolman, who has signed a four-year, $10 million deal.
While the Flyers have made many deals on defense, they haven’t forgotten about the forwards, signing Nate Thompson to a one-year, $800,000 pact.
Veteran defenseman Chris Wideman will continue his career with the Canadiens, inking a one-year, $750,000 contract.
The Philadelphia blue-line refresh continues, as it agrees to terms with veteran defenseman Keith Yandle on a one-year, $950,000 deal.
One of the most durable players in recent NHL history, forward Andrew Cogliano will continue his career with the Sharks, inking a one-year, $1 million contract.
Veteran forward Luke Glendening moves on from the Red Wings, inking a two-year, $3 million deal with the Stars.
The Rangers continue to boost their blue line, inking veteran defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a two-year, $1.8 million contract.
The Sharks’ re-working of their goaltending group continues, as they sign former Hurricane James Reimer to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.
Following a big season with the Penguins, defenseman Cody Ceci moves on to the Oilers via a four-year, $13 million contract.
Michael Bunting elects to take his talents north of the border, signing a two-year, $1.9 million pact with the Maple Leafs.
After skating for the Lightning and Hurricanes in recent seasons, forward Cedric Paquette moves on to the Canadiens, signing a one-year, $950,000 deal.
After a season of separation, veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian is back with the Lightning via a three-year, $2.55 million contract.
It didn’t take Braden Holtby long to find a new home after his buyout, inking a one-year, $2 million deal with the Stars.
Jeff O’Neill and Ray Ferraro detail the Canadiens’ addition of David Savard to their blue line.
The Boone Jenner era of Blue Jackets hockey will continue, as the team re-signs the center to a four-year, $15 million deal.
The Predators strike in the veteran forward market, inking Mikael Granlund to a four-year, $20 million deal.
The Kraken continue to build out their roster, signing winger Alex Wennberg to a three-year, $13.5 million deal.
Restricted free-agent forward Evan Rodrigues is back with the Penguins, via a one-year, $1 million contract.
Canucks will continue their business relationship with forward Brandon Sutter, inking him to a one-year, $1.125 million deal.
The Hurricanes take care of some additional internal business before the official start of free agency, re-signing forward Jordan Martinook to a three-year, $5.4 million deal.
One of the top offensive defensemen is off the market, as the Oilers have re-signed Tyson Barrie to a three-year, $13.5 million contract.
The Golden Knights will bring back a key piece to the blue-line group, inking Alec Martinez to a three-year, $15.75 million deal.
The Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog come to terms on an eight-year, $56 million contract extension.
After coming over at the trade deadline last season, Brandon Montour will continue his employment with the Panthers, signing for three years, $10.5 million.
Restricted free-agent goaltender Eric Comrie signs on for one more year at $850,000 with the Jets.
Defenseman Mike Reilly was a popular name for many teams looking for blue-line help, but the Bruins took him off the market with a three-year, $9 million deal.
Restricted free-agent forward Drake Caggiula will be back with the Sabres, thanks to a one-year, $750,000 pact.
The Stanley Cup runner-up Canadiens have elected to bring back forward Joel Armia on a four-year, $13.6 million deal.
Forward Taro Hirose will be a Detroit Red Wing for the 2021-22 season, courtesy of a one-year contract.
The suspense is over: Alex Ovechkin will be returning to the Capitals on a five-year, $47.5 million contract extension.
Following being traded to the Blues, RFA forward Pavel Buchnevich signs a four-year, $23.2 million contract.
After being dealt to the Canucks last week, forward Conor Garland inks a five-year, $24.75 million contract with Vancouver.
Unrestricted free-agent forward Kyle Rau inks a deal with the Wild for one year and $750,000.
The Red Wings come to an agreement with forward Kyle Criscuolo, for two years and an undisclosed salary.
The Flyers have been busy reworking their blue line, but will continue their business relationship with Sam Morin via a one-year, $750,000 pact.
Center Sam Bennett was quite effective for the Panthers following his trade there at the 2021 deadline, and he’ll stick around for four more years and $17.6 million.
Restricted free-agent forward Nathan Walker sticks with the Blues by way of a two-year, $1.5 million deal.
Restricted free-agent defenseman Frederic Allard returns to the Predators via a one-year, $750,000 pact.
Veteran blueliner Marc Staal will continue his stead with the Red Wings, inking a one-year, $2 million deal.
The Kings will continue to work with restricted free-agent forward Trevor Moore, signing him to a two-year, $3.75 million contract.
One of the NHL’s best young defenders will not be changing sweaters for a while. Cale Makar and the Avalanche agree on a six-year, $54 million contract.
Following his trade from the Blue Jackets, defenseman Seth Jones signs an eight-year, $76 million deal with the Blackhawks.
Taylor Hall‘s plan worked. After coming over via trade from the Sabres at the deadline — and impressing during the regular season and playoffs — he re-ups with the Bruins for four years, $24 million.
Barclay Goodrow was a key part of the Lightning’s repeat Cup championships, and after his trade to the Rangers, he signs a six-year, $21.85 million deal.
Former first-round pick Michael Rasmussen inks a three-year, $4.38 million deal to continue his development with the Red Wings.
After his trade from the Hurricanes, 2021 Calder Trophy finalist Alex Nedeljkovic signs a two-year, $6 million deal with the Red Wings.
Veteran netminder Mike Smith, who had a bit of a renaissance in 2021, signs on for two more years with the Oilers, and will earn $4.4 million for that tenure.
The Kraken begin their tenure as a franchise with a trio of veteran free-agent deals: Goaltender Chris Driedger (three years, $10.5 million), defenseman Jamie Oleksiak (five years, $23 million) and defenseman Adam Larsson (four years, $16 million).