Due to the altered schedule whereby the 2019-20 NHL season was completed quite a bit later than usual — with the Stanley Cup playoffs lasting until Sept. 29 — free agency began on Oct. 9 this year, as opposed to the traditional July 1 starting point.
But while 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 from Sept. 1 onward, along with analysis on the biggest deals, and buzz on what could happen next. Note that the newest deals are at the top.
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Veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian (one year, $1 million) and forward Travis Boyd (one year, $700,000) have signed with Toronto.
Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk lands with the Capitals on one-year, $800,000 deal.
RFA defenseman Brandon Montour is back with the Sabres on a one-year, $3.85 million pact.
A two-year, $4.5 million contract has brought veteran forward Cody Eakin to the Sabres.
Former Ranger Jesper Fast has landed with the Hurricanes on a three-year, $6 million contract.
RFA forward Sam Anas agrees to a two-year, $1.45 million deal with the Blues.
Netminder Louis Domingue lands with the Flames on a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Forward Kevin Labanc sticks with the Sharks, agreeing to a four-year, $18.9 million deal.
Former Wild captain Mikko Koivu has made his next move, signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Blue Jackets. Grade for the deal.
Dallas bolsters its blue-line depth, signing former Panthers defenseman Mark