The 2022 NHL offseason is in full swing, as the draft is now in the rearview mirror and teams look to mold their rosters via trades and re-signings.
While the start of free agency is traditionally July 1, it began this year on Wednesday because of the shifted schedule of the 2021-22 season.
Although the key dates have changed, 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.
The Devils avoid arbitration with restricted free agent forward Jesper Bratt, as the sides are agreeing to a one-year, $5.45 million deal.
The Flames had a busy start to August, inking deals with three restricted free agents: forward Andrew Mangiapane (three years, $17.4 million), defenseman Oliver Kylington (two years, $5 million) and forward Martin Pospisil (one year, $750,000).
Restricted free agent forward Zack MacEwen will stick with the Flyers, by way of a one-year, $925,000 contract.
The Devils will continue their business relationship with restricted free agent Tyce Thompson, as the two sides came to terms on a two-year, $1.52 million pact.
After coming over in trade during the 2021-22 season, restricted free agent Mathieu Joseph is inking a four-year, $11.8 million deal with the Senators.
Let the speculation end; the Rangers are bringing back restricted free agent forward Kaapo Kakko on a two-year, $4.2 million deal.
Restricted free agent defenseman Ethan Bear will be back with the Hurricanes for 2022-23, as the two sides are agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million pact.
Restricted free agent forward Klim Kostin is back with the Blues, as the two sides are inking a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Danton Heinen will continue his career with the Penguins, as he is agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1 million pact.
The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft, defenseman Olli Juolevi is heading to Orange County by way of a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Ducks.
Despite not offering Ryan Donato a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent, the Kraken are signing him to a one-year, $1.2 million deal.
After much speculation that his rights would be traded, restricted free agent forward Jesse Puljujarvi is returning to the Oilers on a one-year, $3 million deal.
Veteran forward Ryan Dzingel has chosen the Hurricanes, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $750,000 deal.
The Ducks will be enhanced by the services of restricted free agent forward Isac Lundestrom this season, as he is signing a two-year, $3.6 million contract.
Restricted free agent forward Morgan Geekie will continue his time with the Kraken, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.4 million deal.
Restricted free agent forward Jack Studnicka and the Bruins will continue their relationship, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $1.52 million pact.
One of the biggest unresolved restricted free agent situations has now been resolved: Patrik Laine is signing a four-year, $34.8 million deal with the Blue Jackets.
Restricted free agent forward Kasperi Kapanen will continue his tenure with the Penguins, agreeing to a two-year, $6.4 million contract.
The Devils hopped aboard the goalie carousel this summer, trading for the rights to restricted free agent Vitek Vanecek. The two sides have put the final touches on their commitment, agreeing to terms on a three-year, $10.2 million deal.
Restricted free agent netminder Sam Montembeault is returning to the Canadiens by way of a two-year, $2 million deal.
The Maple Leafs get one more offseason box checked off, agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million deal with restricted free agent Pierre Engvall.
Veteran defenseman Michael Del Zotto has answered the call of South Florida, signing a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Panthers.
Restricted free agent defenseman Niko Mikkola is sticking with the Blues, inking a one-year, $1.9 million pact.
Veteran forward Mattias Janmark is heading north of the border, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Oilers.
After finishing the 2021-22 season with the Canadiens, Rem Pitlick is coming back to Montreal, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $2.2 million deal.
The Calle Jarnkrok tour of North America has had stops with the Predators, Kraken and Flames during the past two seasons. We can now add the Maple Leafs to that list, as the veteran center is signing a four-year, $8.4 million contract with Toronto.
Forward Zach Sanford has decided his time with the Jets is through, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $850,000 pact with the Predators.
The Jets bolster their blue-line group, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with Ashton Sautner.
Veteran defenseman Christian Wolanin is signing a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Canucks.
While brother Jamie continues his captaincy in Dallas, defenseman Jordie Benn is inking a one-year, $750,000 pact with the Maple Leafs.
The Senators bring back a player key to their build, inking restricted free agent Josh Norris to an eight-year, $63.6 million deal.
Dylan Strome‘s free agency did not last long. After the Blackhawks chose not to give him a qualifying offer, the Capitals are signing him to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
The Ducks add to their forward depth, inking Glenn Gawdin to a two-year, $1.525 million pact.
Veteran forward Riley Barber will continue his hockey career in Texas, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Stars.
Forward Rudolfs Balcers was bought out by the Sharks on Tuesday, but his free agency didn’t last long; he’s signing a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Panthers.
The Rangers add to their forward group, inking former Flame Ryan Carpenter to a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Depending on where you live in the world, this signing occurred late on Wednesday or early on Thursday, but nevertheless, former Lightning playoff hero Ondrej Palat is joining the Devils by way of a five-year, $30 million contract. Grade for the deal.
Another veteran defenseman has chosen the Red Wings: Mark Pysyk is signing a one-year, $850,000 contract with Detroit.
The Senators’ roster moves continue, as forward Connor Brown has been traded to the Capitals for a 2024 second-round pick.
The Hurricanes are adding veteran forward Ondrej Kase to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Former Avalanche center Nico Sturm has moved on to San Jose, agreeing to terms on a three-year, $6 million deal with the Sharks.
The Penguins added to their forward depth, adding Josh Archibald by way of a one-year, $900,000 agreement.
The Stars have added to their blue-line group, signing Colin Miller to a two-year, $3.7 million contract.
Forward Nicolas Deslauriers has chosen the Flyers as his next team, signing a four-year, $7 million pact, and veteran defenseman Justin Braun has also chosen the Flyers, signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal.
Goaltender Pheonix Copley has moved on to the Kings, inking a one-year, $825,000 deal to head to L.A.
The Blackhawks decided not to give forward Dominik Kubalik a qualifying offer this offseason, and it didn’t take him long to find a new team, signing a two-year, $5 million deal with the Red Wings.
Defenseman Kale Clague has moved on to the Sabres, inking a one-year, $750,000 contract.
The Flyers waived Oskar Lindblom this week, but he didn’t spend long on the market, inking a two-year, $5 million deal with the Sharks.
Former Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson is headed to D.C., inking a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Capitals.
Defenseman Erik Gudbranson is on to another team, agreeing to a four-year, $16 million pact with the Blue Jackets.
The Blues are adding to their forward group, signing Noel Acciari to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Nick Cousins is heading on down to Florida, agreeing to a two-year, $2.2 million deal with the Panthers.
Veteran Nick Bjugstad is heading to the desert, inking a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Coyotes.
Another big domino has fallen in the goalie market: Stanley Cup winner Darcy Kuemper is signing a five-year, $26.25 million pact with the Capitals. The Caps are also adding Kuemper’s backup, signing Charlie Lindgren to a three-year, $3.3 million deal. Grade for the Kuemper deal.
The Red Wings bring in another veteran defenseman for their blue-line group, signing Olli Maatta to a one-year, $2.25 million deal.
The Kings will stay in the Brendan Lemieux business, re-signing the forward to a one-year, $1.35 million deal.
The Sabres have added former Jets goalie Eric Comrie to their goalie group, inking him to a two-year, $3.6 million deal.
Dustin Tokarski is joining the Penguins, signing a one-year, $775,000 contract.
Another trio of big contract extensions: The Lightning have agreed to terms on an eight-year, $68 million continuation for Mikhail Sergachev, an eight-year, $50 million deal with Anthony Cirelli, and an eight-year, $41.6 million contract with Erik Cernak.
After coming over to the Oilers at the deadline, defenseman Brett Kulak will stay on in Edmonton by way of a four-year, $11 million deal.
The prodigal forward has returned! Vladislav Namestnikov is signing a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Lightning.
Forward Adam Gaudette will be skating for the Maple Leafs franchise in 2022-23, inking a one-year, $750,000 pact.
A first-round pick in 2015, Colin White is heading to Florida by way of a one-year, $1.2 million deal.
Veteran defenseman Nick Leddy is heading back to St. Louis via a four-year, $16 million pact.
As the Coyotes head to a new arena in 2022-23, they’ll do so with defenseman Troy Stecher, as he is signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
Defenseman Ilya Lyubushkin is joining the Sabres, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $5.5 million contract.
After Emily Kaplan reports Vincent Trocheck’s seven-year deal with the Rangers, Brian Boucher explains why he likes the move.
After winning the Cup with the Avalanche, forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel is joining the Maple Leafs on a one-year, $1 million pact.
After spending the past three seasons in the Atlantic Division, British Columbia native Curtis Lazar signs a three-year, $3 million deal with the Canucks.
The Devils are adding to their blue-line group, signing Brendan Smith to a two-year, $2.2 million contract.
There are a lot of moving parts for the Lightning this offseason, and one piece moving in is veteran defenseman Ian Cole, by way of a one-year, $3 million deal.
Brian Boucher and Kevin Weekes believe Claude Giroux’s veteran leadership will be an asset to the Senators.
In Tampa Bay, Ondrej Palat is going to test the market but doesn’t sound like the door is closed for him with the Lightning.
GM Julien BriseBois is always in for a surprise, but one of his big needs today is a left shot defenseman to replace Ryan McDonagh.
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) July 13, 2022
There has been heavy speculation that the Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders could be among the suitors for Gaudreau, a native of Salem, a town in southern New Jersey. It’s expected his free agent contract could cross the $10 million average annual value threshold. Only 14 players make $10 million or more against the salary cap in the NHL.
Johnny Gaudreau & Nazem Kadri should both land massive deals.
Philly is Gaudreau’s top choice but Flyers need to clear $$. They’ve been trying to move JVR’s contract.. If not, Gaudreau may sign with another Metro team.
NYR among top suitors for Kadri, but he’ll have options.
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) July 13, 2022
NHL free agency begins today! As I reported on @sportscenter, the goalie market is absolutely insane.. but carousel should stop for a few teams today.
According to multiple sources, the expectation is that Darcy Kuemper will sign in Washington to be the Caps new starter.
— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) July 13, 2022
Evgeni Malkin will not be leaving Pittsburgh after all. The Penguins have re-signed the veteran to a four-year, $24.4 million pact.
The Kraken bring back restricted free agent forward Alexander True via a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Pittsburgh continues its Pierre-Olivier Joseph relationship, signing the restricted free agent defenseman to a two-year, $1.65 million deal.
Stefan Noesen is back with the Hurricanes franchise, inking a two-year, $1.52 million contract.
Veteran defenseman Alexander Edler will be returning to the Kings for 2022-23, as the two sides come to an agreement on a one-year, $750,000 contract.
On the eve of free agency, the Sabres reach a one-year, $1.7 million agreement with forward Vinnie Hinostroza.
Rickard Rakell‘s tenure with the Penguins will continue beyond his post-deadline work in 2021-22, as the two sides agree on a six-year, $30 million contract.
One big free agent for the Stanley Cup champs will be back on the roster as they go for a repeat. Valeri Nichushkin has signed an eight-year, $49 million deal.
The Penguins agree to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with restricted free agent forward Alexander Nylander.
Veteran free agent goaltender Maxime Lagace has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lightning.
Restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Bryson agrees to terms on a two-year, $3.7 million deal with the Sabres.
After arriving in Colorado via trade from the Rangers, goaltender Alexandar Georgiev inks a three-year, $10.2 million contract.
The Avalanche come to terms on a two-year, $1.525 million contract with defenseman Jacob MacDonald.
One of the biggest potential free agents comes off the board, as Filip Forsberg agree with the Predators on an eight-year, $68 million contract.
The Capitals re-sign restricted free agent defenseman Lucas Johansen to a two-year, $1.525 million deal.
The Kings do not allow forward Adrian Kempe to explore the market, agreeing to a four-year, $22 million contract with the forward.
After trading for defenseman Tony DeAngelo, the Flyers ink him to a two-year, $10 million contract.
Ville Husso‘s day started as a Blue, but it ended with a three-year, $14.25 million deal with the Red Wings after Detroit traded for the netminder.
One of the best potential free agent goaltenders is off the market: Marc-Andre Fleury agreed to a two-year, $7 million deal with the Wild.
The Penguins will stay in the Kris Letang business, as the defenseman agreed to a six-year, $36.6 million contract.
Defenseman Dillon Heatherington will stick around in Ottawa a while longer, having agreed to a two-year, $1.35 million deal.
The Wild liked what they saw out of defenseman Jacob Middleton this season and have re-signed him to a three-year, $7.35 million deal.
Adam Boqvist‘s time with the Blue Jackets will continue, as the restricted free agent defenseman signs a three-year, $7.8 million contract.
Gritty forward Andrew Cogliano will be back with the Stanley Cup champs, inking a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
Restricted free agent forward Aleksi Heponiemi will stick with the Panthers, signing a one-year, $750,000 contract.
Pittsburgh secures its goaltending depth via a two-year, $3.6 million contract extension for Casey DeSmith.
The Rangers waste no time in getting restricted free agent forward Julien Gauthier back in the fold, agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 pact.
After a superb tryout this spring and early summer, Nicholas Paul will be back with the Lightning for the foreseeable future, agreeing to a seven-year, $22.05 million contract.
The Canucks get a head start on the offseason, signing a quartet of restricted free agents: Brock Boeser (three years, $19.95 million), William Lockwood (one year, $750,000), Jack Rathbone (two years, $1.7 million) and Noah Juulsen (one year, $750,000).
Dallas continues its relationship with goaltender Scott Wedgewood, agreeing to a two-year, $2 million extension.
Defenseman Darren Raddysh returns to the Lightning via a two-year, $1.525 million deal.
The Sabres and goaltender Craig Anderson agree to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Following their trade to bring in Kevin Fiala, the Kings sign him to a seven-year, $55.125 million deal.
The Sabres come to terms on a one-year, $750,000 agreement with forward Sean Malone.
Restricted free agent defenseman Timothy Liljegren returns to the Maple Leafs via a two-year, $2.8 million deal.
The Panthers bring back restricted free agent defenseman Matt Kiersted on a two-year, $1.525 million pact.
Restricted free agent forward Cody Glass sticks in Smashville via a one-year, $874,125 contract.
The Flyers agree to terms on a two-year, $1.55 million deal with restricted free agent goalie Felix Sandstrom.
The Wild will continue their relationship with restricted free agent defenseman Connor Dewar via a two-year, $1.6 million deal.
Restricted free agent forward Sammy Blais returns to the Rangers by way of a one-year deal.
The Blue Jackets have brought back restricted free agent goalie Daniil Tarasov on a three-year, $3.15 million contract.
Restricted free agent forward Dylan Gambrell inks a one-year, $950,000 extension with the Senators.
The Kings have signed a two-year, $1.575 million contract with forward T.J. Tynan.
Restricted free agent forward Brad Malone returns to the Oilers by way of a two-year, $1.525 million contract.
The Predators have brought back restricted free agent defenseman Jeremy Lauzon with a four-year, $8 million deal.
Denis Gurianov will be a Star for at least one more season, signing a one-year, $2.9 million pact with the club.
The Blue Jackets have come to terms on a two-year, $8 million deal with restricted free agent forward Jack Roslovic.
Veteran defenseman Mark Giordano will give it another go with the Maple Leafs, agreeing to a two-year, $1.6 million extension.
Bryan Rust has become a dependable top-six forward for the Penguins, and he’ll continue his tenure with the club after agreeing to a six-year, $30.75 million deal.
The Blue Jackets have signed up for another season of goaltending from Joonas Korpisalo, agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal.
Restricted free agent defenseman Jakub Zboril is back with the Bruins via a two-year, $2.275 million contract.
The Kraken get their offseason rolling, signing forward Max McCormick to a two-year, $15.25 pact.