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2018 NHL free-agency coverage: All the latest signings and trades

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Tavares signs with hometown Maple Leafs (3:23)

Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski react to John Tavares signing a seven-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team Tavares grew up rooting for. (3:23)

These are the notable free-agent signings and post-draft trades of the offseason. The most recent deals are at the top.

Quick links: Guides for all 31 teams | Ranking the NHL's top free agentsInsider Trade Tracker | Winners and losers from Day 1

Latest deals

July 18

Chris Tierney re-signs with Sharks


July 17

Rangers, Jimmy Vesey agree to two-year contract

Devils bring back Blake Coleman and Stefan Noesen


July 16

Adam Henrique signs five-year extension

Flames hand Elias Lindholm a six-year contract


July 13

Stars, Devin Shore agree to two-year deal worth $4.6M

Marc-Andre Fleury gets big extension from the Golden Knights


July 12

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets agree to six-year, $37 million deal

Connor Hellebuyck's new six-year contract carries a $6.167 million average annual value against the salary cap. Is he worth it? He's coming off the best season of his three-year career at 44-11-9, a .924 save percentage, a 2.36 goals-against average and a second-place finish for the Vezina. The contract makes him the sixth-highest paid goalie in the NHL in AAV, but here's the thing: At 25 years old, he's younger than all of them. In fact, he's the youngest goalie in the top 20 for netminders' salary cap hits. This isn't some lark on a guy after a career year. Hellebuyck has been groomed to be a franchise goalie, the Jets have proof of concept, and this is a solid deal for a keeper this young. A foundational piece for the Jets.

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN132d ago

July 11

Detroit Red Wings agree with Anthony Mantha on two-year, $6.6 million contract


July 10

Tampa Bay Lightning, Nikita Kucherov agree to eight-year, $76 million contract extension that begins in 2019-20

Grade: Kucherov gives Bolts a star player and cost certainty


Winger Patrick Maroon, St. Louis Blues agree to one-year, $1.75 million contract


July 9

New York Islanders agree to one-year deal with KHL star Jan Kovar


July 7

Vegas Golden Knights bring back defenseman Colin Miller on four-year, $15.5 million contract


Defenseman Dylan DeMelo signs on with the San Jose Sharks for two years, $1.8 million


July 6

Florida Panthers reach one-year, $1.95 million contract with defenseman Alex Petrovic


Toronto Maple Leafs add speedy winger Tyler Ennis on one-year, $650,000 contract


July 5

Boone Jenner, Columbus Blue Jackets extend business relationship for four more years, $15 million


Columbus Blue Jackets add young winger Anthony Duclair to the mix on a one-year, $650,000 contract


Andreas Athanasiou and the Detroit Red Wings avoid another lingering mess, agree to two-year, $6 million deal


Arizona Coyotes bring back Brad Richardson on a two-year, $2.5 million contract


July 3

New York Islanders land goaltender Robin Lehner on one-year, $1.5 million contract

Grade: Robin Lehner deal a rare win for the Islanders


Defenseman Calvin de Haan signs four-year, $18.2 million deal with Carolina Hurricanes

Grade: Hurricanes earn a B-plus for de Haan deal


St. Louis Blues re-sign winger Robby Fabbri to one-year, $925,000 contract


July 2

San Jose Sharks re-up with restricted free agent Tomas Hertl with a four-year, $22.5 million contract


Center Joe Thornton returns to the San Jose Sharks on one-year, $5 million contract

Grade: Sharks-Thornton deal grades out well for all parties


Brian Gibbons lands with the Anaheim Ducks on one-year, $1 million contract


New York Islanders ink one-year contract with right wing Tom Kuhnhackl


Calgary Flames reach a five-year, $28.75 million deal with power forward James Neal

Grade: Flames earn A-minus for luring James Neal to Calgary


Veteran forward Zac Rinaldo signs one-year, two-way deal to join the Nashville Predators


July 1

Buffalo Sabres trade center Ryan O'Reilly to St. Louis Blues for center Tage Thompson, center Patrik Berglund, center Vladimir Sobotka, a 2019 first-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick

Grades: Ryan O'Reilly worth the price for the Blues


Center John Tavares signs seven-year, $77 million deal to join the Toronto Maple Leafs

Grade: Maple Leafs win big in landing Tavares

Analysis:: What Tavares' deal means for his jilted suitors

John Tavares on deciding to leave the New York Islanders: "That place means a lot to me. Everything I've been through there, the impact people had on me. The things we went through as a group, the teammates I've been through there, um … it was such a hard decision just because how special it was. It's a great organization. A tremendous fanbase. Tremendously loyal. Tremendously passionate. You ever been to a game with Islander fans, it's something really unique. I think my message is … I made some statements on Twitter today, and I think I tried to put some things that really came from the heart. I think just what I want to reiterate is really ‘thank you.' Thank you for the impact you made on me. I don't know if words would describe how much I appreciated my time there. The impact everyone made on me. I think the organization's in great hands. There's some great people there. Obviously some new faces that are going to do some great things, some great talent there. You got some great pieces, starting with the kid who won the Calder Trophy this year. I think the future's bright there. I know it's been a bittersweet day. I've been connected to so many people in that organization. I think the future's bright there."

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN143d ago

New York Islanders reach four-year, $12 million deal with forward Leo Komarov

It's not exactly a one-for-one deal, but the Islanders addressed their John Tavares vacancy by signing former Maple Leaf Leo Komarov. The deal is for four years, $12 million. The 31-year-old Komarov is a versatile forward who can play any position. He excels defensively and is best suited in a bottom six role, but may have to play higher based off of need. The contract seems like an overpayment, but the Islanders were forced into contingency mode. While this is the Islanders' biggest free agent signing of the summer so far, it's clear: in the absence of Tavares, this is Mat Barzal's team now.

Emily Kaplan, ESPN143d ago

Vancouver Canucks bring forward Sven Baertschi back on three-year, $10 million contract


Edmonton Oilers add speed to the lineup with one-year, $2 million deal with forward Tobias Rieder


Forward Riley Nash joining the Columbus Blue Jackets on three-year, $8.25 million deal

The Blue Jackets made a good depth signing by adding Riley Nash for three years at $2.75 million per year. The 29-year-old is a versatile forward and likely fills the exact role as Matt Calvert, who signed with the Avalanche. Nash is an upgrade offensively (15 goals and 41 points in 76 games last season compared to Calvert's nine goals and 24 points in 69 games) which gets GM Jarmo Kekalainen one step closer to his goal of getting Artemi Panarin some relief with depth scoring. The GM still has work to do, though (and of course still needs to convince Panarin to sign a long-term extension).

Emily Kaplan, ESPN143d ago

Florida Panthers add to goaltending depth with one-year, $1.3 million contract with Michael Hutchinson


New York Rangers re-sign forward Vladislav Namestnikov for two years


Minnesota Wild bolster depth by adding forwards Matt Hendricks and Eric Fehr


Defenseman Nick Holden joins the Vegas Golden Knights on two-year, $4.4 million deal


41-year-old forward Matt Cullen signs one-year, $650,000 deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins

Matt Cullen, who turns 42 in November, postpones retirement yet again to sign a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Penguins. (For the league's oldest player, Cullen has Zdeno Chara beat by 136 days) This is as much a culture fit (Cullen helped Pittsburgh to back-to-back Cups and was a respected voice in the locker room) as it is about adding value to the fourth line. The Penguins' center group, already perhaps the best in the league, gets even stronger. Cullen didn't have the best season in Minnesota (22 points in 79 games) but he's a low risk signing at the price.

Emily Kaplan, ESPN143d ago

Forward Derek Ryan inks three-year, $9.375 million deal with the Calgary Flames


Defenseman John Moore inks five-year, $13.75 million deal with the Boston Bruins


Minnesota Wild bring in forward J.T. Brown on a two-year, $1.375 million contract


Center Kyle Brodziak joining the Edmonton Oilers on a two-year, $2.3 million deal


A three-year, $10.05 million deal has lured Michael Grabner to the Arizona Coyotes

Grade: Coyotes add some scoring on the wing at a decent price


Austin Czarnik is headed to the Calgary Flames on a two-year, $2.5 million contract


Petr Mrazek lands with the Carolina Hurricanes on one-year, $1.5 million deal


Dallas Stars add experienced defenseman Roman Polak on one-year, $1.3 million contract


Tampa Bay Lightning sign Ryan McDonagh to a seven-year contract extension worth $6.75 million per season, beginning in 2019-20

Fascinating to see Ryan McDonagh signed to a seven-year extension by the Tampa Bay Lightning as free agency opened on July 1. The contract, which kicks in 2019-20, pays him $6.75 million annually against the cap, up from $4.7 million on his current deal. It gives the Lightning three defensemen – McDonagh, Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev – signed in 2019-20. Which is to say it gives them flexibility with Nikita Kucherov needing a new deal and, as of noon on July 1, John Tavares still a possibility. But by committing $6.5 million to McDonagh, does that mean they're out on Erik Karlsson?

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN143d ago

Tomas Plekanec signing with the Montreal Canadiens on one-year, $2.25 million deal


Colorado Avalanche adding defenseman Ian Cole on three-year, $12.75 million contract

Grade: Cole adds a steady, veteran presence to Colorado's blue line


Dallas Stars reach three-year, $7.2 million contract with veteran forward Blake Comeau


Carter Hutton reaches three-year, $8.25 million deal with Buffalo Sabres

Grade: Why there's some cause for concern with Hutton's new deal in Buffalo


Detroit Red Wings reach deal with Jonathan Bernier for three years, $9 million

Grade: Bernier a solid second option in goal behind Jimmy Howard


Cam Ward heading to the Chicago Blackhawks on one-year, $3 million contract

Grade: Ward a Corey Crawford insurance policy for the Blackhawks


Four-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Kunitz reaches deal to join the Chicago Blackhawks


Depth defenseman Brandon Manning inks two-year, $4.5 million deal to join the Chicago Blackhawks

How are the Blackhawks looking to correct themselves after a dispiriting 2017-18 season? Small tweaks. Chicago didn't make any splashy trades, couldn't lure in a Top 4 defenseman and found itself out on big free agents like James van Riemsdyk fairly early. Instead, the Blackhawks opted for a conservative approach. They addressed their biggest area of need (insurance for Corey Crawford) with a serviceable, if uninspiring, option in Cam Ward. They add a veteran winger in Chris Kunitz, who likely figures as a third or fourth liner. The Blackhawks also added 28-year-old defenseman Brandon Manning who has upside — but only adds to the defensive logjam coach Joel Quenneville needs to navigate. In other words, it feels like GM Stan Bowman is banking on last season being a one-off.

Emily Kaplan, ESPN143d ago

Boston Bruins bring in goaltender Jaroslav Halak on two-year, $5.5 million deal


Tyler Bozak will be moving from Toronto to the St. Louis Blues on a three-year, $15 million deal

Grade: Bozak's fit and value in the Blues' lineup.


David Perron returning to the St. Louis Blues on a four-year, $16 million contract

Grade: Blues earn a B-minus for their deal with Perron.


Defenseman Thomas Hickey is returning to the New York Islanders on a four-year, $10 million contract


Pittsburgh Penguins sign defenseman Jack Johnson to five-year, $16.25 million contract

Grade: Penguins make sneaky-good move in adding Johnson, the latest reclamation project for assistant coach Sergei Gonchar.


Center Paul Stastny inks a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights

Grade: Insight on where Stastny fits into the Golden Knights' lineup, and how he impacts the rest of the free agent market.


Jay Beagle signs with Vancouver Canucks for four years, $12 million


Vancouver Canucks sign Antoine Roussel to four-year, $13 million contract

Apparently, stability on the fourth line was paramount for the Vancouver Canucks. They signed Stanley Cup champion Jay Beagle for four years at $3 million AAV, and they signed Antoine Roussel for four years at $3.25 million AAV. So that's two fourth-liners for the price of one Patrick Marleau, cap-wise. Beagle's great in the room. Roussel's a pain to play against. But what does taking ice time away from young grinders accomplish, exactly?

Greg Wyshynski, ESPN143d ago

Veteran goaltender Anton Khudobin signs two-year, $million deal with Dallas Stars to back up Ben Bishop


Veteran scorer Thomas Vanek inks one-year, $3 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings are straddled in rebuild mode, but still competitive for their fan base — and also set the tone for their young, transitioning roster. That's why a player like Thomas Vanek (one year, $3 million) makes sense. Vanek will turn 35 in January, but still has a scoring touch (24 goals in 80 games last season). His no trade clause is notable, but of course that can be waived depending on the landscape at the trade deadline. Without committing too much, the Red Wings can work deals for their important RFA's: Andreas Athanasiou, Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha.

Emily Kaplan, ESPN143d ago

Defenseman Greg Pateryn signs three-year, $6.75 million contract to join the Minnesota Wild


James van Riemsdyk signs five-year, $35 million deal with Philadelphia Flyers

Grade: How JVR fits into the Flyers' lineup for 2018-19 and beyond. Plus, how this could impact Wayne Simmonds.


June 30

Logan Couture signs eight-year extension to remain with San Jose Sharks


Detroit Red Wings bring back veteran defenseman Mike Green on two-year deal


Arizona Coyotes re-sign defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a two-year contract


Ryan Reaves returns to Vegas Golden Knights on two-year, $5.55 million deal


New Jersey Devils retain backup goaltender Eddie Lack on one-year deal


June 29

Kings, Drew Doughty agree to eight-year contract extension

Analysis:: How Doughty deal impacts the Kings' cap, other high-end defensemen and the Maple Leafs.


June 24

Capitals' defenseman John Carlson agrees to 8-year, $64M contract

Analysis:: How Carlson's deal impacts the Caps, other free agents and the Erik Karlsson Sweepstakes.


June 23

Kings sign Ilya Kovalchuk to three-year deal

Analysis:: Kovalchuk picks the Kings: Now what?

Preview coverage

Free agency guides for all 31 teams. Cap space, players leaving, dream/nightmare scenarios and more.

Ranking the NHL's top 50 (plus) free agents.Insider From the superstars down to the role players, who teams are looking to add this summer.

Odds on where John Tavares will land. Ranking the favorites, along with why it's a good fit and whether the money will work.

Which team would Tavares help the most?Insider How he would boost the favorites, including potential linemates with each.

The All-Value and All-Risk teams in free agency.Insider Players that will offer a great boost on the cheap, and those who are poised to be overpaid.

The biggest NHL free-agency questions answered. Where will Tavares land? What will the Islanders do in goal? Which team will "win" free agency?