NHL free agency rumors, predictions, trades tracker originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Friday marks an exciting day in the NHL, as free agency opens up at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT for the Sharks and 29 other clubs around the league.
With the 2019-20 season being interrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL calendar looks quite different this year. The 2020 NHL Draft was completed on Oct. 6 and 7, and free agency gets into gear just a few days later.
Who will end up where? Follow along with all the latest rumors and updates below.
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac is trending, not Rumours.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 10, 2020
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5:25 p.m. PT: How's this for a shocker? Defenseman Torey Krug reportedly is joining the St. Louis Blues on a seven-year contract worth $6.5 million a season, according to multiple reports.
I guess that means bon voyage for longtime Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo? With defenseman T.J. Brodie signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, two of the teams most likely to sign Pietrangelo seem to be off the board. The Philadelphia Flyers cleared some salary-cap space earlier this week, and you can't rule out the Colorado Avalanche on a short-term deal.
It only took over nine hours, but the first big domino in free agency officially has fallen.
San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) October 9, 2020
Around the league, things remain quiet on the most intriguing fronts. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, winger Taylor Hall and blueliner Torey Krug all remain unsigned. Will they put pen to paper before the first day of free agency wraps up?
1:12 p.m. PT: The Calgary Flames reportedly signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a long-term deal.
Jacob Markstrom gets a six-year deal from Calgary.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 9, 2020
6x6 for Markstrom— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 9, 2020
The Flames might not be done yet. Calgary and three other teams reportedly are circling around free-agent defenseman Tyson Barrie.
With D Justin Schultz signed for 2 years with a cap hit of $4M, we now show the Washington #Capitals with $575k in projected cap space with a roster of 20 (11F-6D-2G)— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) October 9, 2020
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12:22 p.m. PT: Ah, dear reader, the NHL news, it never stops.
Kevin Shattenkirk's three-year deal with Anaheim carries a $3.9M AAV.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 9, 2020
Cam Talbot will fill the Devan Dubnyk-sized hole in the Minnesota Wild's crease after the goaltender was traded to the Sharks.
Defenseman Jack Johnson, meanwhile, will join the New York Rangers, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.
Jack Johnson agreement with the NYR when complete, expected to be 1 year, just over $1 mil.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
The Nashville Predators filled out their third defense pairing, bringing in Mark Borowiecki and Matt Benning.
Matt Benning signs with Nashville, two years, $1M per— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020
Mark Borowiecki has signed a two-year contract with the @PredsNHL.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 9, 2020
He established single-season career highs for goals, assists and points in 2019-20 (7-11—18 in 53 GP). #NHLFreeAgency #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/kHP8Qh6djB
11:18 a.m. PT: Free-agent forward Melker Karlsson will not re-sign with the Sharks, according to San Jose Hockey Now's Sheng Peng.
BREAKING: Melker Karlsson will not be re-signing with San Jose Sharks https://t.co/x0l9yycXQx— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) October 9, 2020
Karlsson, 30, scored 112 points points (60 goals, 52 assists) in six seasons in San Jose. The Swedish forward was a fixture in the Sharks' bottom six and on their penalty kill, but likely would've been traded ahead of the Februrary deadline were it not for a lower-body injury that kept him out of the lineup for five games.
11:01 a.m. PT: The goalie dominoes are starting to fall. Braden Holtby is joining the Vancouver Canucks on a two-year deal, Jacob Markstrom reportedly will leave the Canucks to sign with the Calgary Flames and Anton Khudobin reportedly will remain with the Dallas Stars.
Hearing Anton Khudobin back in Dallas 3 x $3.5 million— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 9, 2020
Other deals that are done: Winger Wayne Simmonds signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, winger Bobby Ryan and defenseman Jon Merrill joined the Detroit Red Wings on one-year pacts and Kyle Turris joined the Edmonton Oilers on a two-year deal.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Brian Witt highlighted Turris as a potential fit with the Sharks. Now, the center is headed to a division rival.
9:54 a.m. PT: After winning the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning this past season, Carter Verhaeghe is staying in the state but will sign a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Carter Verhaeghe signs two year deal in Florida.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 9, 2020
9:25 a.m. PT: Former top-five draft pick Bobby Ryan will be staying in the Eastern Conference, as he's expected to sign a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, TSN's Bruce Garrioch and The Athletic's Craig Custance reported.
This will be a one-year deal worth $1 million for Bobby Ryan and Red Wings. https://t.co/5kBJHRJGQE— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) October 9, 2020
9:15 a.m. PT: After issuing a powerful statement asking for a trade to either Boston or Vancouver by Friday, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson says he will be returning to the team next season, Craig Morgan reports.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson's agent Kevin Epp tells me that OEL is staying with the Coyotes: "Time's up."— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) October 9, 2020
8:17 a.m. PT: Joe Thornton says that he wants to come back to the NHL next season, but the 40-year-old won't be making his decision any time soon, as he told TSN's Pierre LeBrun on Friday morning.
Spoke with Joe Thornton this morning over the phone from Switzerland. He said while he does absolutely plan to return to play next season, he's in no hurry to make his decision. Also he may play some Swiss League hockey for a bit as well.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 9, 2020
8:00 a.m. PT: The King has found a new home, as goalie Henrik Lundqvist is expected to sign with the Washington Capitals, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Goalie market will be fascinating to watch today. One of the first signings to become official is expected to be Henrik Lundqvist to WSH on a one-year contract. The King has been UFA since being bought out by the NYR but can’t formalize the contract until today.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 9, 2020
One of the Sharks' primary division rivals has made a deal, as the Vegas Golden Knights have traded Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets for a draft pick and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom, Vegas announced.