2019 NHL free agency: Signings, analysis and buzz

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Stay up to date with all the latest intel on the NHL's free-agency frenzy for 2019, with a list of every signing and grades on the big moves. The most recent deals are at the top.

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August 5

Lightning ink recently bought-out D Kevin Shattenkirk to one-year, $1.75 million deal

August 3

Sabres make pair of RFA signings: G Linus Ullmark for one year, $1.325 million; D Jake McCabe for two years, $5.7 million

Goaltender Adin Hill back with Coyotes on one-year deal

July 31

Avalanche back up the Brinks truck for D Samuel Girard: Seven years, $35 million on the extension beginning in 2020-21

RFA defenseman Will Butcher back with Devils on three-year, $11.2 million pact

July 29

Lightning agree to eight-year, $76 million extension with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (beginning in 2020-21 season)

July 27

Capitals sign RFA forward Chandler Stephenson to one-year, $1.05 million deal

RFA goalie David Rittich is back with the Flames on two-year, $5.5 million contract

July 26

Rangers ink RFA Pavel Buchnevich to two-year, $6.5 million deal

July 25

Sabres RFA forward Evan Rodrigues lands one-year, $2 million deal in arbitration

Defenseman Mackenzie Weegar is back with the Panthers on one-year, $1.6 million deal

July 24

Flames, forward Sam Bennett avoid arbitration with two-year, $5.1 million deal

Capitals re-sign defenseman Christian Djoos for one year, $1.25 million

Toronto inks a quartet of forwards to one-year deals; Pontus Aberg, Tyler Gaudet and Kalle Kossila for $700,000, Garrett Wilson for $725,000

July 23

Defenseman Deryk Engelland reaches one-year, $700,000 deal with Golden Knights

Jets reach agreement with RFA forward Andrew Copp on two-year, $4.56 million deal

Predators bring back Colton Sissons on seven-year, $20 million contract

July 22

Penguins, RFA forward Zach Aston-Reese agree to two-year, $2 million deal

Devils bring back RFA defenseman Mirco Mueeler on one-year, $1.4 million deal

July 21

Blues re-up with forward Oskar Sundqvist for four years, $11 million

Trade acquisition Neal Pionk signs two-year, $6 million contract with Jets

July 20

Brock McGinn returns to the Hurricanes on two-year, $4.2 million contract

July 19

Rangers sign trade acquisition Jacob Trouba to seven-year, $56 million deal

Netminder Sam Montembeault re-ups with Panthers on one-year, $708,750 contract

Canadiens extend relationship with forward Charles Hudon via one-year, $800,000 deal

July 17

Avalanche ink RFA forward J.T. Compher to four-year, $14 million contract

July 16

Devils, defenseman Connor Carrick agree to two-year, $3 million deal

RFA forward Jakub Vrana back with the Capitals on two-year, $6.7 million pact

Wild extend business relationship with forward Ryan Donato via two-year, $3.8 million deal

Flames ink one-year, $700,000 contracts with forwards Rinat Valiev, Ryan Lomberg

Forward Josh Archibald the latest Edmonton Oiler, signing for one-year, $1 million

Hurricanes bring back RFA blueliner Haydn Fleury on one-year, $850,000 contract

July 15

Avalanche, trade acquisition Andre Burakovsky reach agreement on one-year, $3.25 million pact

July 13

Blues re-sign playoff hero goaltender Jordan Binnington to two-year, $8.8 million contract

July 12

Ryan Dzingel joins the Hurricanes for two years, $6.75 million

Blues, RFA forward Robby Fabbri agree on one-year, $900,000 deal

Sabres re-up with RFA forward Johan Larsson on one-year, $1.55 million contract

Forward Scott Laughton returns to Flyers on two-year, $4.6 million pact

July 11

Artturi Lehkonen gets a two-year, $4.8 million deal from Montreal

Canadiens, Joel Armia agree on two-year, $5.2 million deal

Jason Dickinson re-signs with Dallas for two years, $3 million

July 10

Kings re-sign Alex Iafallo to a two-year deal worth $4.85 million

Micheal Ferland joins the Canucks at $14 million over four years

July 9

Danton Heinen re-signs with the Bruins for two years and $5.6 million

Goalie Malcolm Subban stays with Vegas on a one-year, $850,000 contract

Zach Sanford signs with Blues for two years, $3 million

July 8

Sharks bring back Kevin Labanc on a one-year deal

July 7

Hurricanes match Canadiens' offer sheet on forward Sebastian Aho and sign him to five-year, $42.27 million contract

July 6

Sabres add versatile Marcus Johansson on a two-year, $9 million deal

July 5

Avalanche seal the deal with RFA defenseman Nikita Zadorov with one-year, $3.2 million pact

Forward Nick Cousins, Habs agree to one-year, $1 million deal

Lightning, forward Carter Verhaeghe agree to new, undisclosed deal

Sabres, RFA forward Zemgus Girgensons re-up for one year, $1.6 million

Lightning avoid extended strife with RFA forward Cedric Paquette, dole out two-year, $3.3 million contract

Josh Leivo back with the Canucks on one-year, $1.5 million pact

Blue Jackets lock in blueliner Scott Harrington for three years, $4.9 million

July 4

Christian Wolanin re-ups with Senators, signing two-year, $1.8 million deal

Canadiens soothe Aho burn by signing defenseman Ben Chiarot to three-year, $10.5 million pact

Maple Leafs take care of business with recently acquired RFAs Alex Kerfoot (four years, $14 million) and Cody Ceci (one year, $4.5 million)

July 3

Canadiens win the Phil Varone sweepstakes, ink veteran forward to one-year, $700,000 deal

July 2

Hurricanes announce they intend to match Canadiens' offer sheet for forward Sebastian Aho, a five-year deal with an average annual cap hit of $8.45 million

Coyotes re-sign forward Lawson Crouse to three-year, $4.6 million deal

Sharks, defenseman Dalton Prout agree to one-year, $800,000 pact

Forward Mark Letestu inks one-year, $700,000 contract with Jets

Ducks ink forwards Blake Pietila, Andrew Poturalski to one-year, $700,000 deals

July 1

Maple Leafs, Avalanche complete four-player trade. Defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alexander Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth-round pick go to Toronto, while forward Nazem Kadri, D Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round pick go to Colorado.

Trade Grades: Maple Leafs win big with Barrie, Kerfoot haul

Hurricanes re-up with goaltender Petr Mrazek for two years, $6.25 million

Grade for the deal: B

Semyon Varlamov takes over Islanders' crease, inking four-year, $20 million deal

Grade for the deal: B

Blackhawks sign bounce-back goalie Robin Lehner to one-year, $5 million deal

Grade for the deal: B+

Panthers sign defensemen Tommy Cross, Ethan Prow to two-year, $1.4 million contracts

Devils ink blueliner Matt Tennyson to two-year, $1.4 million deal

Netminder Vitek Vanecek inks three-year, $2.2 million contract with Capitals

Forward Ben Street, defenseman Dakota Mermis choose the Devils with one-year, $700,000 pacts

Islanders hang on to captain Anders Lee with seven-year, $49 million deal

Grade for the deal: B+

Kings land defenseman Joakim Ryan for one year, $725,000

Stars sign blueliner Reece Scarlett for one year, $700,000

Forward Martin Frk chooses Kings, signs for one year, $700,000

Flames ink defenseman Brandon Davidson, forward Byron Froese for one year, $700,000 each

Canadiens try to get Canes' Sebastian Aho via rare offer sheet


Canadiens tender offer sheet for Hurricanes' Aho

The TSN Free Agent Frenzy crew discuss Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin tendering an offer sheet to the Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho.

Blues sign defenseman Derrick Pouliot, forwards Michael Vecchione and Nick Lappin to one-year, $700,000 contracts

Forward Evan Polei agrees to two-year, $1.85 million deal with Blues

Forwards Ryan Fitzgerald, Brendan Gaunce join Bruins on one-year, $700,000 contracts

Stars ink forward Tanner Kero to two-year, $1.4 million contract

Defenseman Luke Witkowski joins Lightning on two-year, $1.4 million pact

Caps land forward Brendan Leipsic for one year, $700,000

Goaltender Zane McIntyre chooses Canucks for one year, $700,000

Forward Brett Ritchie signs with Bruins for one year, $1 million

Bruins ink forward Par Lindholm to two-year, $1.4 million deal

Defenseman David Warsofsky back with the Penguins on a two-year, $1.4 million contract

Coyotes sign defenseman Aaron Ness, center Andy Miele to two-year $1.4 million deals

Veteran forward Beau Bennett joins the Coyotes on one-year, $700,000 pact

Center Nick Shore signs one-year, $750,000 deal with Maple Leafs

Oilers land forward Tomas Jurco on one-year, $750,000 deal

Defenseman Chris Bigras chooses Flyers for two years, $1.4 million

Flyers ink forward Kyle Criscuolo for one year, $700,000

Red Wings add to goaltending depth with two-year, $1.4 million deal for Cal Pickard

Sammy Blais back with the Blues for one year, $850,000

Daniel Carr, Predators agree to one-year, $700,000 contract

Defenseman Patrik Nemeth joins Red Wings on two-year, $6 million deal

Panthers add veteran defenseman Anton Stralman for three years, $16.5 million

Jujhar Khaira sticks with Oilers on two years, $2.4 million deal

Leafs ink defenseman Kevin Gravel for one year, $700,000

Defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon joins Flyers on two-year, $1.4 million deal

Philly inks blueliner Andy Welinski for one year, $750,000

Devils add forward Wayne Simmonds on one-year, $5 million deal

Grade for the deal: B+

Nathan Walker joins Blues on two-year, $1.4 million deal

Brandon Pirri inks two-year, $1.55 million contract with Golden Knights

Tomas Nosek returns to Vegas with one-year, $1 million deal

Mike Smith signs with Oilers for one year, $2 million

Grade for the deal: C+

Kenny Agostino lands with Maple Leafs for two years, $1.4 million

Capitals sign forward Garnet Hathaway for four years, $6 million

Jordan Szwarz lands with Senators for one year, $800,000

Oilers sign Markus Granlund to one-year, $1.3 million deal

Colin Wilson signs one-year, $2.6 million contract with Avalanche

Avalanche sign Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to two-year, $3.6 million contract

Defenseman Nate Prosser signs with Flyers for two years, $1.4 million

Connor Clifton re-ups with Bruins with three-year, $3 million contract

Stars sign Joe Pavelski to three-year, $21 million contract

Grade for the deal: A-


Pavelski joining Stars with 3-year deal

Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski explains why he chose the Stars and a 3-year deal in free agency.

Golden Knights ink forward Patrick Brown to two-year, $1.4 million deal

Forward Kurtis Gabriel, Flyers agree to one-year, $700,000 contract

Andy Andreoff lands with the Flyers on two-year, $1.5 million deal

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky chooses the Panthers, signs seven-year, $70 contract

Grade for the deal: B+

Stars add defenseman Andrej Sekera on one-year, $2 million deal

Flames ink goaltender Cam Talbot to one-year, $2.75 million contract

Grade for the deal: B-

Defenseman John Gilmour goes to Buffalo on one-year, $700,000 deal

Wild, forward Gabriel Dumont agree to two-year, $1.4 million pact

Alex Chiasson re-ups with Oilers on two-year, $4.3 million deal

Tyler Graovac chooses Canucks, signs one-year, $700,000 contract

Lightning add Curtis McElhinney for goaltending depth on two-year, $2.6 million deal

Gustav Nyquist signs with Blue Jackets for four years, $22 million

Grade for the deal: B+

Avalanche ink former Shark Joonas Donskoi to four-year, $15.6 million deal

Grade for the deal: A-

Oscar Fantenberg joins Canucks for one year, $850,000

Valtteri Filppula heads back to the Red Wings on two-year, $6 million contract

Brett Connolly lands with Panthers with four-year, $13 million deal

Grade for the deal: B

Blackhawks reach two-year, $4 million deal with David Kampf

Wild, Luke Johnson reach agreement for two years, $1.4 million

Forward Curtis Lazar joins the Sabres on one-year, $700,000 contract

Defenseman Tyler Myers joins the Canucks for five years, $30 million

Grade for the deal: C+

Bruins ink netminder Maxime Lagace for one year, $700,000

Capitals, forward Richard Panik agree to four years, $11 million

Matt Duchene lands with the Predators for seven years, $56 million

Grade for the deal: A-

Matt Duchene, who signed a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Nashville Predators Monday, has recorded 547 career points, 2nd-most among players selected in the 2009 NHL Draft. Only John Tavares has more with 709, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Chris Peters, ESPN Staff Writer1y ago

Button: Duchene fits Nashville on so many levels

Mike Johnson and Craig Button break down Matt Duchene's 7-year deal with the Predators.

Sharks add defenseman Tim Heed for one year, $960,000

Forward Ryan Carpenter joins the Blackhawks on three-year, $3 million contract

Sabres add to goaltending depth with Andrew Hammond on one-year, $700,000 deal

Artemi Panarin chooses the Rangers, signs seven-year, $81.5 million contract

Grade for the deal: A

Artemi Panarin, who signed a seven year, $81.494 million deal with the New York Rangers Monday, is one of six players to record at least 70 points in each of the past four seasons. Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Blake Wheeler, Nicklas Backstrom and Tyler Seguin are the others, via ESPN Stats and Information.

Chris Peters, ESPN Staff Writer1y ago

Sharks re-sign forward Timo Meier to four-year, $24 million deal

Wild sign Ryan Hartman to two-year, $3.8 million deal

Jean-Sebastien Dea inks one-year, $700,000 deal with Sabres

Mats Zuccarello lands with the Wild with five-year, $30 million deal

Grade for the deal: C-

Canucks ink veteran defenseman Jordie Benn to two-year, $4 million contract

Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Ryan Murray to two-year, $9.2 million deal

Maple Leafs sign center Jason Spezza to one-year, $700,000 deal


Spezza agrees to $700K deal with hometown Leafs

Jason Spezza explains his decision to play in Toronto, where he'll have a chance to win a Stanley Cup.

Canadiens bolster goaltending depth, ink Keith Kinkaid to one-year, $1.75 million deal

Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu joins Jets on one-year, $1 million deal

Ex-Jets forward Brandon Tanev joins Penguins on six-year, $21 million deal

Grade for the deal: C-


Tanev excited for 6-year deal with Penguins

Brandon Tanev shares his reaction to agreeing with Pittsburgh on a deal with an annual average value of $3.5 million.

Defenseman Ron Hainsey joins the Senators on one-year, $3.5 million deal

Luke Schenn added to Lightning blue line with one-year, $700,000 contract

Sabres land Jimmy Vesey from Rangers in exchange for 2021 third-round pick

Trade Grades: Sabres land Jimmy Vesey for a draft pick

Stars sign with ex-Ducks star Perry to one-year, $1.5 million deal

Grade for the deal: B+


Button: 'Zero risk' for Stars in Perry deal

Frank Seravalli and Craig Button explain how the Corey Perry deal to Dallas worked out.

Blue Jackets re-sign goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to one-year, $1.15 million deal

Leafs grant Nikita Zaitsev trade wish with deal to Sens

Trade Grades: Maple Leafs pull off wizardly move in unloading Zaitsev

Reports: Sens adding ex-Leafs Ron Hainsey, Tyler Ennis

June 29

Penguins trade Phil Kessel to Coyotes for Alex Galchenyuk

Trade Grades: Coyotes score big in landing Phil Kessel

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and winger Phil Kessel are very much in disagreement on his alleged trade requests out of Pittsburgh. Rutherford said on Saturday, after trading Kessel to Arizona, that Kessel asked to be traded a numerous times, but changed his mind. Kessel didn’t agree with that statement. “I’m not sure that’s exactly what happened," he said on a Coyotes conference call. "Jim came to me, one time, and said to me that I’ll never be a Penguin again. I think he’s mistaken a little bit there. But I’m not here to tell what really happened and the real truth. So whatever Jim wants to say.”

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN1y ago

Maple Leafs ink goaltender Michael Hutchinson to one-year, $700,000 deal

Defenseman Martin Marincin re-signs with Maple Leafs for one year, $700,000

Capitals sign Mike Sgarbossa to two-year, $1.4 million contract

June 28

Toronto re-signs forward Kasperi Kapanen to three-year, $9.6 million deal

Forward Andreas Johnsson returns to Maple Leafs with four-year, $13.6 million contract

Blackhawks re-up with forward Dylan Sikura for two years, $1.5 million

RFA forward John Quenneville signs two-year, $1.5 million deal with Blackhawks

Hurricanes re-sign goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic for two years, $1.4 million

June 27

Defenseman Taylor Fedun, Stars agree on two-year, $1.475 million contract

Blues bring back Carl Gunnarsson with two-year, $3.5 million deal

June 26

Goaltender Brian Elliott returns to Flyers with one-year, $2 million deal

Canadiens retain blueliner Mike Reilly with two-year, $3 million contract

June 25

Ottawa re-signs defenseman Cody Boloubef to one-year, $800,000 deal

Blue Jackets retain defenseman Adam Clendening with two-year contract

June 24

Golden Knights, William Karlsson agree to eight-year, $47.2 million extension

Defenseman Steven Kampfer returns to Bruins with two-year, $1.6 million deal

Flyers ink blueliner Travis Sanheim to two-year, $6.5 million contract

Brad Hunt returns to the Wild with two-year, $1.4 million deal

June 22

Predators trade P.K. Subban to Devils for Steve Santini, Jeremy Davies, two second-round picks

Trade Grades: Devils add more star power with deal for P.K. Subban

June 20

Canucks extend business relationship with Alexander Edler for two years, $12 million

June 19

Goaltender Marcus Hogberg sticks with the Senators on two-year, $1.4 million deal

Flyers ink trade acquisition Kevin Hayes to seven-year, $50 million contract

June 18

Defenseman Braydon Coburn signs two-year, $3.4 million deal with Lightning

June 17

Sharks retain star defenseman Erik Karlsson with eight-year, $92 million contract

Analysis: After Karlsson re-signs with Sharks, here are the biggest takeaways around the NHL

Forward Anthony Duclair sticks with the Senators on one-year, $1.65 million deal

June 16

Capitals, Carl Hagelin agree to four-year, $11 million extension

June 14

Defenseman Gustav Olofsson stays with Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract

Islanders extend forward Jordan Eberle with five-year, $27.5 million deal

June 7

Sabres hang on to forward Jeff Skinner with eight-year, $72 million extension

June 6

Forward Mattias Janmark returns to Dallas on one-year, $2.3 million deal

J.C. Lipon remains with the Jets with one-year, $700,000 contract

Stars elect to re-sign defenseman Roman Polak to one-year, $1.75 million deal