2023 NHL free agency tracker: Signings, analysis, grades - ESPN

UniqueThis 91 July 27, 2023

The 2023 NHL offseason might seem a little compressed, with the draft taking place on June 28 and 29 this year, but the start of free agency is back to its usual date of July 1 (after a late start in 2022).

Every NHL general manager is hoping to land game-changing players, via either free agent deals or trades.

Here is our continuously updated tracker, featuring a list of every player signed, along with analysis of the biggest deals and buzz on what could happen next.

Note that the newest deals are on top, denoted by date.

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July 27

The Ottawa Senators signed winger Vladimir Tarasenko to a one-year deal worth $5 million.

July 24

The Hurricanes signed defenseman Tony DeAngelo to a one-year, $1.675 million contract, bringing him back to Carolina for the second time in three seasons.

July 19

After landing Gabriel Vilardi as part of the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade, the Jets have inked the RFA forward to a two-year, $6.88 million contract.

The Golden Knights continue to take care of their own, signing RFA forward Brett Howden to a two-year, $3.8 million pact.

Veteran free agent forward Tomas Nosek has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Devils.

July 17

After trading for restricted free agent forward Ross Colton earlier this offseason, the Avalanche have signed him to a four-year, $16 million deal.

The Islanders bring back restricted free agent forward Oliver Wahlstrom by way of a one-year, $874,100 deal.

Restricted free agent forward Morgan Barron is sticking with the Jets by way of a two-year, $2.7 million contract.

The Bruins make it official with one-year, $775,000 contracts for a trio of restricted free agents: defensemen Reilly Walsh and Alec Regula, as well as goaltender Michael DiPietro.

The Sabres have reached an agreement with restricted free agent forward Linus Weissbach for one year, $775,000.

July 16

Restricted free agent forward Brandon Duhaime is back with the Wild, agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million deal.

The Blues and restricted free agent Alexey Toropchenko have agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

July 15

Restricted free agent Tanner Jeannot will continue his time with Tampa Bay, inking a two-year, $5.33 million deal.

23-year-old restricted free agent defenseman Ty Smith has agreed to a one-year, $874,100 contract with the Penguins.

July 14

Free agent forward Zach Sanford has agreed to terms on a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Coyotes.

24-year-old restricted free agent forward Brett Murray has inked a one-year, $775,000 deal with the Sabres.

The Penguins have signed restricted free agent forward Jonathan Gruden to a one-year, $775,000 pact.

Chris Tierney -- a 29-year-old forward -- will be with the Devils organization in 2023-24, thanks to a one-year, $775,000 contract.

July 13

A first-round pick in the 2018 draft, Ty Dellandrea has inked a one-year, $900,000 contract extension to stick with the Stars.

The Canadiens were busy on Thursday, inking RFA winger Lucas Candotta to a two-year, $1.55 million deal, and UFA defenseman Nicolas Beaudin to a one-year, $775,000 pact.

23-year-old unrestricted free agent defenseman Ty Emberson has signed a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Rangers.

July 12

After skating for the Devils in 2022-23, forward Jesper Boqvist is headed to Boston via a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Bruins.

29-year-old forward Oskar Sundqvist is back with the Blues, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $775,000 contract.

July 11

The Rangers have come to terms with RFA defenseman K'Andre Miller on a two-year, $7.74 million deal.

Veteran forward Denis Gurianov has landed with Nashville, signing a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Predators.

After being traded to Montreal from Colorado prior to the draft, RFA forward Alex Newhook has agreed to a four-year, $11.6 million deal with the Habs.

July 10

After being bought out by the Red Wings this summer, Filip Zadina has agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Sharks.

The Flyers have inked two restricted free agents to new deals: defenseman Cam York (two years, $3.2 million) and forward Noah Cates (two years, $5.25 million).

The Canadiens and restricted free agent forward Mitchell Stephens have agreed to a one-year contract.

July 9

Seattle will remain in the Cale Fleury business, as the two sides agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

22-year-old forward Nils Hoglander will stick with the Canucks, by way of a two-year, $2.2 million deal.

July 8

Restricted free agent forward Kole Lind is back with the Kraken by way of a one-year, $775,000 contract.

The Kings and restricted free agent forward Akil Thomas have agreed to a one-year, $775,000 deal.

July 7

The Penguins agree to terms with forwards Andreas Johnsson (one year, $800,000) and Vinnie Hinostroza (one year, $775,000).

After signing Anze Kopitar to a two-year extension on Thursday, the Kings ink deals with three RFAs on Friday: forwards Tyler Madden and Samuel Fagemo (one year, $775,000) and defenseman Tobias Bjornfot (two years, $1.55 million).

Seattle makes a pair of veteran signings: defenseman Will Borgen (two years, $5.4 million) and forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (one year, $775,000).

July 6

Forward Zack MacEwen will continue his NHL career with the Senators, agreeing to terms on a three-year, $2.325 million contract.

The Flames make it official with restricted free-agent forwards Mathias Emilio Pettersen and Ben Jones on one-year, $775,000 pacts.

July 5

Restricted free-agent defenseman Dylan Coghlan has inked a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Hurricanes.

24-year-old RFA blueliner Dylan Samberg has signed on for two years, $2.8 million with the Jets.

Defenseman Chase Priskie is back with the organization that drafted him in 2016, inking a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Capitals.

The Bruins made it official with a pair of restricted free agents: forward Jakub Lauko (two years, $1.57 million) and goaltender Kyle Keyser (one year, $775,000).

The Islanders announced deals with three forwards: Julien Gauthier for two years (and $1.575 million), and one-year, $775,000 pacts for Karson Kuhlman and Brian Pinho.

The Flyers make a pair of deals with restricted free agent defensemen: Victor Mete (one year, $775,000) and Ronnie Attard (two years, $1.7 million).

25-year-old, RFA blueliner Kale Clague has inked a new deal with the Sabres, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $775,000 pact.

July 4

Restricted free agent blueliner Martin Fehervary and the Capitals have extended their relationship with a three-year, $8.03 million deal.

Swedish defenseman Robert Hagg will continue his NHL career with the Ducks, as the two sides have inked a one-year pact.

The Senators will continue to employ veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic, inking the 32-year-old blueliner to a two-year, $2.2 million contract.

July 3

Veteran defenseman Will Butcher has selected the Penguins for his next contract, agreeing to a one-year, $775,000 pact.

26-year-old forward Nolan Stevens has elected to sign with the Red Wings, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $775,000 deal.

Restricted free agent forward Rafael Harvey-Pinard has signed a two-year, $2.2 million deal with the Canadiens.

Swedish forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby has agreed to terms with the Jets on a two-year, $1.55 million contract.

26-year-old forward Dylan Gambrell has inked a one-year, $775,000 contract with the Maple Leafs.

After two seasons with the Red Wings and one with the Panthers, veteran defenseman Marc Staal is coming back to the Metro Division, inking a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Flyers.

July 2

Finally, there will be another player skating around in a Maple Leafs jersey with "DOMI" on the back, as Max Domi has inked a one-year, $3 million pact with Toronto.

Tyler Bertuzzi is staying in the Atlantic Division! After starting his career with the Red Wings, then playing for the Bruins to close out 2022-23, he has signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Maple Leafs. Grade for the deal.

After being bought out by the Red Wings, Kailer Yamamoto has inked a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Kraken.

The Lightning continue to build out their depth, signing veteran defenseman Calvin de Haan to a one-year, $775,000 contract.

25-year-old defenseman Ben Gleason has chosen the Oilers for his next contract, signing a two-year, $1.55 million deal.

The Capitals make a trio of signings: defenseman Dylan McIlrath (two years, $1.55 million), goaltender Hunter Shepard (two years, $1.55 million) and forward Matthew Phillips (one year, $775,000).

Veteran defenseman Jack Johnson's career will continue with the Avalanche, as the two sides agreed on a one-year pact.

The Flames make it a three-for-one Sunday special, inking defenseman Colton Poolman (one year, $775,000) as well as forwards Martin Pospisil (one year, $775,000) and Dryden Hunt (two years, $1.55 million).

After a one-season sojourn with the Avalanche, veteran forward Evan Rodrigues has signed with the Panthers on a four-year, $12 million deal.

Versatile forward Christian Fischer joins the parade of talent headed to Detroit this offseason, inking a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Red Wings.

July 1

After finishing the 2022-23 season with the Bruins, veteran forward Garnet Hathaway has inked a two-year, $4.78 million deal with the Flyers.

The Red Wings have added defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on a one-year, $4.125 million deal.

Forward Alexander Kerfoot is headed to Arizona on a two-year, $7 million contract.

Fabian Zetterlund, a 23-year-old forward, is returning to the Sharks by way of a two-year, $2.9 million contract.

The Maple Leafs and veteran offensive defenseman John Klingberg have agreed to a one-year, $4.15 million deal.

Incoming Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette will have at least one familiar face joining him from the Capitals, as New York has signed defenseman Erik Gustafsson to a one-year, $825,000 contract.

Another former Penguin is headed to Seattle, as the Kraken have signed defenseman Brian Dumoulin to a two-year, $6.3 million deal.

J.T. Compher has moved to the 313 area code, inking a five-year, $25.5 million deal with the Red Wings.

Veteran goaltender David Rittich is off the market, signing a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Kings.

The Penguins add veteran penalty-killing ace Lars Eller via a two-year, $4.9 million contract.

Among other free agent signings Saturday, the Avalanche reached a two-year, $7.7 million extension with RFA defenseman Bowen Byram.

Quiet for much of the day, the Islanders announce that they have reached a seven-year, $21 million deal with forward Pierre Engvall, a seven-year, $24.5 million deal with defenseman Scott Mayfield, a four-year, $11 million deal with goaltender Semyon Varlamov and an eight-year, $66 million extension for goaltender Ilya Sorokin.

After playing 402 games for the Devils, Miles Wood will continue his NHL career with the Avalanche, agreeing to a six-year, $15 million contract.

Veteran defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is heading back to the Panthers by way of a one-year, $1 million deal.

After playing a big role for the Devils in their return to the playoffs in 2022-23, defenseman Ryan Graves has agreed to terms with the Penguins on a six-year, $27 million deal.

Veteran forward Alex Galchenyuk is rejoining the Coyotes by way of a one-year, $775,000 contract.

After much deliberation, the Penguins have elected to bring back netminder Tristan Jarry on a five-year, $26.875 million contract. In addition, they signed Alex Nedeljkovic to a one-year, $1.5 million pact.

The Devils add another goaltender to their crew, inking Erik Kallgren to a one-year, $775,000 deal.

Veteran forward Noel Acciari has agreed to join the Penguins via a three-year, $6 million deal.

Twenty-nine-year-old netminder Anthony Stolarz has agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Panthers.

The Ducks have added some size and leadership to their dressing room, inking former Lightning forward Alex Killorn by way of a four-year, $25 million contract.

The Nick Bjugstad tour is headed back to the desert, as the veteran forward has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Coyotes.

The Jets bring back a familiar face, signing goaltender Laurent Brossoit to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. Winnipeg also inked forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year, $4 million contract.

After a busy week of trades and drafting a new franchise player in Connor Bedard, the Blackhawks have added veteran forward Ryan Donato by way of a two-year, $4 million deal.

After making some high-profile additions earlier Saturday, the Predators re-signed forward Cody Glass via a two-year, $5 million extension.

The Lightning make another depth forward signing, adding faceoff ace Luke Glendening to a two-year, $1.6 million deal.

Connecticut native Nick Bonino will join fellow Constitution Stater Jonathan Quick on the Rangers, inking a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Veteran blueliner Troy Stecher has agreed to terms with the Coyotes on a one-year, $1.1 million pact.

The Hurricanes' free agent spree continues, with Carolina signing forward Michael Bunting to a three-year, $13.5 million contract. Grade for the deal.

Veteran forward Jason Zucker will be skating his home games on the campus of Arizona State University, agreeing to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Coyotes.

The Stars add young forward Sam Steel to the mix, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $850,000 pact.

A two-year, $1.6 million deal has been signed between the Lightning and forward Josh Archibald.

California native Matt Nieto is heading to the Penguins by way of a two-year, $1.8 million pact.

Following a buyout of his contract by the Predators this week, Matt Duchene has inked a one-year, $3 million deal with the Stars. Grade for the deal.

The Red Wings continue to add, reaching an agreement on a one-year, $2 million contract with forward Daniel Sprong.

The Sabres have reached agreements with netminders Devin Cooley and Dustin Tokarski on one-year, $775,000 deals.

Veteran forward Patrick Brown has signed with the Bruins, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

After finishing the 2022-23 season with the Rangers, Niko Mikkola will head to the Panthers by way of a three-year, $7.5 million deal.

The Lightning have brought a two-time Cup champion into their mix, inking forward Conor Sheary to a three-year, $6 million deal.

Grigori Denisenko is sticking with the Panthers, inking a two-year, $1.55 million pact.

Twenty-five-year-old forward Givani Smith will switch from Florida to Northern California, signing a two-year, $1.6 million contract with the Sharks.

The Kings have extended their relationship with Jaret Anderson-Dolan, signing him to a one-year, $775,000 deal.

Veteran blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk is headed to Boston, signing a one-year deal with the Bruins.

Trevor Lewis is returning to the Kings, as the veteran forward has signed a one-year, $775,000 contract. The Kings also signed defenseman Andreas Englund to a two-year, $2 million deal.

After missing much of the 2022-23 season because of Achilles tendon injuries, veteran forward Max Pacioretty has inked a one-year, $2 million deal with the Capitals, with another $2 million available in bonuses.

Defenseman Carson Soucy is heading from Seattle to Vancouver by way of a three-year, $9.75 million contract.

The Flyers have put themselves in the Ryan Poehling business, adding the forward via a one-year, $1.4 million deal.

Veteran forward Craig Smith is headed to the Stars, inking a one-year, $1 million contract.

Defenseman Mike Reilly will celebrate his 30th birthday on July 13, and he'll do so as a member of the Panthers after signing a one-year, $1 million deal.

Following a post-trade glow-up with the Bruins to close out the 2022-23 season, Dmitry Orlov has signed a two-year, $15.5 million deal with the Hurricanes. Grade for the deal.

Defenseman Justin Holl has left Toronto -- but isn't headed too far away, inking a three-year, $10.2 million deal with the Red Wings.

The Canucks add a pair of veterans via one-year deals: Defenseman Ian Cole ($3 million) and forward Teddy Blueger ($1.9 million).

After helping guide the Panthers to the playoffs in 2022-23, veteran goalie Alex Lyon is headed to the Red Wings by way of a two-year, $1.8 million contract.

Milan Lucic is coming back to Boston as the bruising, veteran winger has inked a one-year, $1 million deal.

Defenseman Kyle Burroughs is heading from Vancouver to San Jose by way of a three-year, $3.3 million pact.

The Predators' signing spree continues, as they have agreed with veteran forward Gustav Nyquist on a two-year, $6.37 million contract.

Defenseman Connor Clifton is leaving the Bruins but sticking in the Atlantic Division, signing a three-year, $10 million deal with the Sabres.

Etobicoke, Ontario native Connor Brown is heading to Edmonton, inking a one-year, $4 million contract with the Oilers.

After spending time in the Pacific Northwest with the Kraken, Morgan Geekie is headed to the Northeast, signing a two-year, $4 million deal with the Bruins.

The Red Wings have selected a veteran netminder off the goalie carousel, inking a one-year, $1.5 million deal with James Reimer.

Bottom-six forward Tyler Pitlick is joining the Rangers, inking a one-year, $785,000 deal.

One of the greatest beards in hockey history is relocating from South Florida to Southern California, as Radko Gudas has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Ducks.

The Sabres get on the board with a pair of one-year contracts: forward Tyson Jost ($2 million) and defenseman Erik Johnson ($3.25 million).

One of the big names has hopped off the goaltender carousel: Joonas Korpisalo has agreed to a five-year, $20 million deal with the Senators. Grade for the deal.

Frederik Andersen has elected to head back to Carolina, inking a two-year, $6.8 million deal with the Hurricanes.

The Kings add to their goaltending options, inking a one-year, $1 million deal with Cam Talbot.

Connecticut native Jonathan Quick is coming (close to) home, as the veteran goalie has reached a one-year, $825,000 pact with the Rangers.

After being traded to the Sharks prior to the draft, goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood has inked a two-year, $4.7 million deal.

After having his contract bought out by the Jets this week, veteran forward Blake Wheeler has signed a one-year, $800,000 deal with the Rangers (with $300,000 available in potential bonuses).

Twenty-five-year-old forward Lane Pederson has come to terms with the Oilers on a two-year, $1.55 million contract.

After the Flyers failed to move him ahead of the trade deadline, veteran James van Riemsdyk officially has a new team, signing a one-year, $1 million deal with the Bruins.

After finishing the 2022-23 season with the Maple Leafs, center Ryan O'Reilly is headed to the Predators via a four-year, $18 million contract. Grade for the deal.

After not issuing qualifying offers for RFAs Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian, the Devils re-signed both players: one year, $1.4 million for McLeod, two years, $2.7 million for Bastian.

Former Jets forward Kevin Stenlund has landed with the Panthers by way of a one-year, $1 million contract.

Seeking to add some size to their lineup, the Maple Leafs have signed forward Ryan Reaves to a three-year, $4.05 million deal.

The Predators have reached an agreement with veteran defenseman Luke Schenn on a three-year, $8.25 million deal.

Goaltender Antti Raanta is back with the Hurricanes via a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

After having his contract bought out by the Canucks earlier this week, defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Panthers.

One NHL player agent tells me today that the flat cap for 2023-24 plus the jump in space in 2024-25 (up to at least $88 million) equals a lot of one-year deals in the UFA market starting tomorrow. (1/2)

— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 30, 2023