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.
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, 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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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.
If you can’t beat ’em, sign ’em! The Canadiens have signed former Lightning defenseman David Savard to a four-year, $14 million deal.
The Boone Jenner era of Blue Jackets hockey will continue, as the team re-signs the center to a four-year, $15 million deal.
Thatcher Demko has a new veteran creasemate in Vancouver. After the Canucks bought out Braden Holtby this week, they’ve signed Jaroslav Halak to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
The Predators strike in the veteran forward market, inking Mikael Granlund to a four-year, $20 million deal.
The Flyers have inked a backup to young goaltender Carter Hart, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million deal with Martin Jones.
Defenseman Travis Hamonic agrees to terms on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
The Minnesota Wild continue to build out their defense, agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal with Alex Goligoski.
After moving on from their three goalies from 2020-21, the Hurricanes have inked a two-year, $9 million deal with Frederik Andersen.
Following his buyout by the Wild this offseason, veteran defenseman Ryan Suter finds a new home with the Stars via a four-year, $14.6 million contract.
Forward Blake Coleman — a key part of the Lightning’s back-to-back Cups — signs a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Flames.
The Kraken continue to build out their roster, signing winger Alex Wennberg to a three-year, $13.5 million deal.
The Golden Knights bring in another scoring threat, acquiring winger Evgenii Dadonov from the Senators in exchange for Nick Holden and the Canucks’ 2022 third-round pick.
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.
The trade market has also been active this week. Continuing the trend, the Oilers traded defenseman Ethan Bear to the Hurricanes, in exchange for forward Warren Foegele.
A trade! The Blackhawks are sending defenseman Nikita Zadorov to the Flames in exchange for Toronto’s 2022 third-round pick (acquired in the David Rittich trade).
The Red Wings continue to build out their 2021-22 roster, re-signing forward Sam Gagner and goaltender Calvin Pickard to one-year deals.
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.
All signs point to UFA G Jonathan Bernier signing with New Jersey today.
As we reported before, UFA G Jaroslav Halak should be signing with Vancouver.
I wonder if UFA G James Reimer ends up in SJ or Vegas?
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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.
Paul Stastny will continue on with the Winnipeg Jets for at least one more season, inking a one-year, $3.75 million extension.
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.
Florida elects to re-up with two restricted free-agent defensemen: Lucas Carlsson and Noah Juulsen. Both received one-year contracts.
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).