NHL free agency blog


Welcome to NHL free agency. With the market opening at noon ET on Wednesday, a flurry of signings is expected, along with some trades. What players will change teams? Who will stay with their current teams? Follow our live blog all day long for the latest news and reports.

9 a.m. ET

We are three hours from the start of the free agent frenzy in the NHL, but the market has not been quiet.

Tuesday was busy. Let’s recap before the market starts churning out all kinds of news.

The shocker of the day had to be the Vegas Golden Knights trading Marc-Andre Fleury , the Vezina Trophy winner voted as the top goalie in the NHL this season, to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward prospect Mikael Hakkarainen.

Fleury has one season remaining on a three-year, $21 million contract ($7 million average annual value). He didn’t comment on his future Tuesday, but his agent, Allan Walsh, said he could be contemplating retirement instead of reporting to the Blackhawks.

Chicago also acquired forward Tyler Johnson and a second round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Brent Seabrook, who will remain on long-term injured reserve. 

Alex Ovechkin signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract ($9.5 million AAV) to stay with the Washington Capitals.

Gabriel Landeskog avoided the UFA market by re-signing with the Colorado Avalanche, getting an eight-year contract. 

The Vancouver Canucks were active. They traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Winnipeg Jets for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, put goalie Braden Holtby on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the final season on his two-year, $8.6 million contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in a few hours, and signed forward Conor Garland to a five-year, $24.75 million contract ($4.95 million AAV).

Goalie Martin Jones was put on waivers by the San Jose Sharks for the purpose of a buyout.

Jones, who had three seasons remaining on his contract, will become a UFA.

Forward Joel Armia agreed to a four-year, $13.6 million contract ($3.4 million AAV) to stay with the Montreal Canadiens.

Pavel Buchnevich signed a four-year, $23.2 million contract ($5.8 million AAV) with the St. Louis Blues, who acquired the forward from the New York Rangers on Friday.

All that and the market doesn’t open for another two hours.

Stay tuned all day, because the news will be flowing in and we’ll have it all here on this blog.

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