Following the dedications, exchanges and rumors during the summer


The first day of NHL free agency was extremely busywith Johnny Gaudreau, Claude Giroux, Andrew Copp, Darcy Kuemper and others who change teams.

The rest of the offseason will also be occupied by Stanley Cup winner Nazem Kadri, John Klingberg, Evan Rodrigues, Phil Kessel and other unrestricted free agents who have not yet signed, restricted free agents to be obtained under contract, salary arbitration cases to settle and teams needing to take steps to get under the salary cap before the end of training camp. The Flames and the Panthers pulled off a stunning exchangethe Sharks have filled the last coaching vacancy and Bruins center Patrice Bergeron must decide if he will return for another season.

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July 27: Ryan Donato re-signs with Kraken

Donato, who scored the first goal in franchise history, was signed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. He had a career-best 31 points, but did not receive a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent, as he would have been eligible for salary arbitration. He earned $750,000 last season.

July 26: Sharks hire David Quinn as coach

He went 96-87-25 in three seasons with Rangers and never officially made the playoffs (New York went 0-3 in the qualifying round during the 2020 bubble). The Sharks love his record developing young players at Boston University and with the Rangers. Of the 11 coaches hired this season, eight had previous NHL head coaching experience.

Also: Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract, avoiding arbitration. He has another chance to prove himself after he got off to a good start and then struggled all the way. … The Devils signed defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a five-year, $17 million extension. … The Kings have announced they will retire two-time Stanley Cup captain Dustin Brown’s number 23 on Feb. 11 and unveil a statue of him.

July 25: Ryan Dzingel returns to the Hurricanes

Carolina signed the forward to a one-year deal worth $750,000, but it’s a two-way deal that would pay him less if he were sent to the American Hockey League. Dzingel, who scored two 20-goal seasons earlier in his career with the Senators, has rebounded a lot recently, playing for the Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Senators again, Coyotes and Sharks. That doesn’t include going to the Maple Leafs on a trade from the Coyotes last season, being canceled immediately and then claimed by San Jose.

Also: The Ducks signed center Isac Lundestrom to a two-year, $3.6 million deal, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

July 24: Kraken signs two players

Another arbitration hearing is averted as forward Morgan Geekie is awarded a one-year, $1.4 million contract after a career-high 22 points. Seattle too signed defender Michael Kempny to a one-year contract of $750,000. He had played the past four seasons with the Capitals and was part of the 2018 Stanley Cup squad, but recently suffered injuries.

July 22: Flames trade Matthew Tkachuk to Panthers in stunner

It had become clear in recent days that Matthew Tkachuk’s time in Calgary was coming to an end. It became official on Friday night as a talented young winger was traded to the Florida Panthers as well as a conditional 2025 pick for forward Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a 2025 first-round pick.

It’s a pretty amazing craft all around.

Tkachuk, 24, and Huberdeau, 29, both had over 100 points last season. Huberdeau, in fact, was trailed only by Connor McDavid for the most points in the NHL, tied with former Calgary star Johnny Gaudreau at 115. Weegar, 28, is a dependable — and underrated — player. — for the Panthers for years.

Huberdeau and Weegar only have one year left on their contracts. Tkachuk agreed to a new eight-year contract with the Panthers, which would cost $76 million (a $9.5 million AAV).

For the Flames, having players as talented as Huberdeau and Weegar should help salvage what has been a brutal offseason after Gaudreau walked and Tkachuk made it clear he wanted out. The Panthers lose two key parts of the NHL’s best regular-season team last year, but gain a young star in their prime and perhaps ease future salary cap headaches even further.

—Jace Evans

July 22: The Blue Jackets sign Patrik Laine for an extension

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Patrik Laine scored 26 goals last season.

He will average $8.7 million in the four-year contract. Laine, 24, scored 56 points in 56 games last season, and getting him re-signed was a priority, especially after adding star Johnny Gaudreau ($9.7 million) in free agency. Laine and Gaudreau could find themselves teammates. The Blue Jackets traded forward Oliver Bjorkstrand (average salary $5.4 million), their top scorer last season, to the Kraken to improve their cap situation.

Also: The Jets re-signed forward Pierre-Luc Dubois for one year at $6 million, nearly doubling his salary. He will be a restricted free agent again next summer.

July 21: Predators sign winger Nino Niederreiter

The former Hurricane is signed to a two-year, $8 million contract. It was a smart move by the Predators, who had re-signed Filip Forsberg and traded for Ryan McDonagh. Niederreiter has scored 24 goals in a third-line role and has five more 20-goal seasons. He scored 39 of his 44 points at even strength. The Predators ranked 16th in even-strength goals.

Also: The Penguins and forward Kasperi Kaspanen have agreed to a two-year, $6.4 million contract, avoiding arbitration. His shot is the same as last season, when he struggled and scored just 11 goals.

July 20: Report says Matthew Tkachuk likely to be traded

Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk is expected to be traded.

Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk is expected to be traded.

Athletic reported that Tkachuk told the Flames he wouldn’t sign a long-term deal and that the team is likely to trade him soon rather than lose him for nothing next summer like they did with Johnny Gaudreau . The website also said that Tkachuk had provided a list of teams he would be willing to sign a long-term contract with. Among them: the St. Louis Blues, where his father, Keith, played.

July 19: The Devils sign Vitek Vanecek for three years

He will average $3.4 million and avoid arbitration. Vanecek was acquired from the Capitals in the draft and will get a $750,000 raise and earn more than Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood ($2.8 million), who can become a restricted free agent next season.

July 18: The Flames will take Matthew Tkachuk to arbitration

The move prevents a team from making an offer for the rugged winger, who topped 40 goals and 100 points for the first time in his career. Ideally, the Flames would like to sign Tkachuk long-term before his Aug. 11 hearing because a decision would be a year away and he’s eligible to go UFA next summer. They lost Gaudreau for nothing and don’t want the same with Tkachuk. The Flames could end up trading him. Calgary players Andrew Mangiapane and Oliver Kylington have requested arbitration.

Also: Sharks goalkeeper Kaapo Kahkonen has agreed to a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

July 17: 24 file for wage arbitration

The following 24 players have requested salary arbitration: Isac Lundestrom (Anaheim), Lawson Crouse (Arizona), Pavel Zacha (Boston), Andrew Mangiapane, Oliver Kylington, Matthew Phillips (Calgary), Ethan Bear, Maxime Lajoie (Caroline), Jake Walman (Detroit), Jesse Puljujarvi, Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton), Yakov Trenin (Nashville), Jesper Bratt, Vitek Vanecek, Tyce Thompson (New Jersey), Mathieu Joseph (Ottawa), Zack MacEwen (Philadelphia), Kasperi Kapanen (Pittsburgh) , Niko Mikkola (St. Louis), Kaapo Kahkonen, Steven Lorentz (San Jose), Morgan Geekie (Seattle), Keegan Kolesar (Vegas) and Mason Appleton (Winnipeg).

The biggest names are Mangiapane (35 goals) and Bratt (73 points in 76 games). Puljujarvi’s case is interesting because the Oilers tried him in the top six, but he didn’t post big numbers. Most players who file for arbitration settle before their hearings, which are scheduled from July 27 to August 11. Mikkola signed after the filing.

July 16: Penguins shake up defense

The Penguins added defensemen Jeff Petry and Ty Smith in separate trades, sending Mike Matheson to the Canadiens and John Marino to the Devils. Petry had a strong 2021 season, but struggled like the rest of the Canadiens last season. Matheson’s trade was a bit of a surprise as he is six years younger than Petry and signed for four years compared to Petry’s three.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL news, rumours: Offseason tracking for signings, trades and more