Due to the altered schedule whereby the 2019-20 NHL season was completed quite a bit later than usual -- with the Stanley Cup playoffs lasting until Sept. 29 -- free agency began on Oct. 9 this year, as opposed to the traditional July 1 starting point.
But while the key dates have shifted, the goal of free agency has not: GMs around the NHL hope to land the game-changing veteran who can boost their contention status, or bolster their core with the glue that builds championships.
Here's our continuously updated tracker, featuring a list of every player signed from Sept. 1 onward, along with analysis on the biggest deals, and buzz on what could happen next. Note that the newest deals are at the top.
RFA defenseman Sami Niku re-signs with the Jets, agreeing to a two-year, $1.45 million deal.
Devils reach agreement on a one-year, $700,000 contract with RFA defenseman Colton White.
RFA forward Victor Olofsson is back with the Sabres, agreeing to two-year, $6.1 million contract.
UFA forward Alex Galchenyuk will give it a whirl with the Senators, signing a one-year, $1.05 million deal.
RFA defenseman Haydn Fleury agrees to two-year, $2.6 million deal with the Hurricanes.
The Jets bring back RFA forward Jansen Harkins on a two-year, $1.45 million contract.
Tyler Bertuzzi is back with the Red Wings, inking a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
RFA forward Filip Chlapik re-ups with the Senators via a one-year, $735,000 pact.
After trading for him earlier this offseason, the Avalanche sign defenseman Devon Toews to a four-year, $16.4 million contract.
Senators re-up with RFA forward Chris Tierney via a two-year, $7 million contract.
Forward Josh Leivo agrees to one-year, $875,000 contract with the Flames.
RFA defenseman Nikita Nesterov reaches one-year, $700,000 deal with the Flames.
Maple Leafs sign RFA defenseman Travis Dermott to one-year, $874,000 contract.
RFA blueliner Louis Belpedio signs a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Wild.
Devils sign RFA defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year, $1.15 million deal.
Flames reach one-year, $700,000 deal with forward Dominik Simon.
RFA forward Jake Virtanen sticks with the Canucks, after reaching agreement on two-year, $5.1 million deal.
Goaltender Antoine Bibeau signs one-year, $700,000 contract with the Hurricanes.
Senators reach three-year, $10.8 million deal with RFA forward Connor Brown.
Capitals reach one-year, $800,000 contract with RFA defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler.
Bruins come to terms on one-year, $700,000 deal with RFA forward Zach Senyshyn.
Forward Scott Wilson signs a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Panthers.
RFA forward Nick Merkley has re-signed with the Devils, reaching an agreement on a one-year, $874,000 deal.
The business relationship between forward Ilya Mikheyev and the Maple Leafs will continue, as he has agreed to a two-year, $3.29 million contract.
The Bruins have reached an agreement with RFA forward Karson Kuhlman for two years, $1.45 million.
Veteran forward Joakim Nordstrom has signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Flames.
RFA blueliner Ian McCoshen has signed with the Wild on a one-year, $700,000 pact.
The Canucks and RFA forward Adam Gaudette have come to terms on a one-year, $950,000 contract.
RFA forward Keegan Kolesar has signed a two-year, $1.45 million deal with the Golden Knights.
The Coyotes and RFA forward Christian Fischer have reached an agreement on a two-year pact.
The Sabres have come to terms with forward Steven Fogarty on a one-year, $700,000 contract.
RFA forward J.C. Beaudin and the Senators have reached agreement on a one-year, $700,000 deal.
The Avalanche have agreed to terms with RFA forward Tyson Jost on a one-year, $874,125 contract.
Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk won't be shipping out of Boston, agreeing to terms with the Bruins on a four-year, $13.75 million contract.
Penguins add to their blue-line depth, inking Cody Ceci to a one-year, $1.25 million deal.
The Senators have come to an agreement with goalie Joey Daccord, signing the RFA to a three-year, $2.25 million contract.
The Flyers and RFA forward Nolan Patrick came to terms on a one-year, $874,000 contract.
RFA forward Rudolfs Balcers will be returning to the Senators via a one-year, $735,000 deal.
The Flames have re-signed forward Andrew Mangiapane for two years, $4.85 million.
One of the top free agents remaining after the first wave has made a decision, as Evgenii Dadonov stays in the Atlantic Division but heads to Canada's capital to skate for the Senators courtesy of a three-year, $15 million deal.
The Senators and RFA forward Nick Paul have reached an agreement on a two-year, $2.7 million deal.
The Hurricanes have signed RFA forward Spencer Smallman to a one-year, $735,000 contract.
Former Sharks netminder Aaron Dell has found a new home, joining the Maple Leafs on a one-year, $800,000 contract.
The Nashville goaltending factory adds another netminder, signing Kasimir Kaskisuo to a one-year, $700,000 pact.
RFA forward Clark Bishop signed with the Hurricanes on a one-year, $700,000 agreement.
Following his recent buyout by the Devils, goaltender Cory Schneider heads to the Islanders on a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Forward Lucas Wallmark lands with the Blackhawks by way of a one-year, $950,000 pact.
Predators add forward Brad Richardson via one-year, $1 million contract.
Philadelphia adds to its blue-line batch with Erik Gustafsson on one-year, $3 million deal.
Hurricanes add to their blue-line depth, inking Joakim Ryan to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Avalanche come to terms with RFA defenseman Ryan Graves on a three-year, $9.48 million deal.
Forward Mattias Janmark moves on from the Stars, signs one-year, $2.25 million pact with the Blackhawks.
RFA forward Kyle Clifford and the Blues have agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal.
Forward Vladislav Namestnikov lands with the Red Wings, via a two-year, $4 million contract.
The Jets continue adding to their blue line, signing Derek Forbort for a one-year, $1 million deal.
RFA forward Radek Faksa is back with the Stars, thanks to a five-year, $16.25 million contract.
Defenseman Paul LaDue lands with the Capitals on one-year, $700,000 contract.
Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk lands with the Capitals on one-year, $800,000 deal.
RFA defenseman Brandon Montour is back with the Sabres on a one-year, $3.85 million pact.
A two-year, $4.5 million contract has brought veteran forward Cody Eakin to the Sabres.
Former Ranger Jesper Fast has landed with the Hurricanes on a three-year, $6 million contract.
RFA forward Sam Anas agrees to a two-year, $1.45 million deal with the Blues.
Netminder Louis Domingue lands with the Flames on a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Forward Kevin Labanc sticks with the Sharks, agreeing to a four-year, $18.9 million deal.
Dallas bolsters its blue-line depth, signing former Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk to one-year, $750,000 deal.
Oilers sign on for more time with veteran goaltender Mike Smith, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Jets reach agreement with forward Nate Thompson for one year, $750,000.
Wild extend their business relationship with forward Jordan Greenway via two-year, $4.2 million deal.
Veteran defenseman Chris Tanev joins the Flames after agreeing to four-year, $18 million deal.
Forward Tomas Nosek is back with the Golden Knights, inking one-year, $1.25 million contract.
Nick Cousins joins the Predators, coming to terms on two-year, $3 million deal.
Canadiens reach agreement with defenseman Xavier Ouellet on two-year, $1.475 million contract.
Forward Stefan Noesen has landed with the Sharks, inking a one-year, $925,000 contract.
Veteran defenseman Luca Sbisa signs with the Jets for one year, $800,000.
Red Wings reach terms on a one-year, $700,000 deal with restricted free-agent forward Kyle Criscuolo.
RFA forward Brandon Baddock comes to terms with Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.
The Bruins are on the board! It's a one-year, $1 million deal with defenseman Kevin Miller.
Defenseman Anthony Bitetto has landed with the Rangers on a two-year, $1.475 million deal.
Veteran defenseman Justin Schultz is headed to D.C., inking a two-year, $8 million deal with the Capitals.
Josh Currie is officially off the market, as the Penguins land the forward via a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Flames reach agreement with defenseman Alex Petrovic on one-year, $700,000 contract.
Nashville adds more depth to its defensive ranks, inking Matt Benning to two-year, $2 million pact.
Forward John Hayden -- who did not get a qualifying offer from the Devils -- has agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Coyotes.
The Predators have bolstered their blue line, agreeing to a two-year, $4 million deal with Mark Borowiecki.
Edmonton elects to continue its employment of Tyler Ennis, as the two sides agree to a one-year, $1 million deal.
Forward Tyler Pitlick has signed with the Coyotes, agreeing to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
Rangers add goaltending depth, sign veteran Keith Kinkaid to a two-year, $1.65 million contract.
RFA forward Colin Blackwell is sticking with the Rangers, as the two sides have agreed to a two-year, $1.45 million deal.
Buddy Robinson and the Flames will be continuing their business relationship, as the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract.
Forward Alan Quine has elected to sign in Edmonton, agreeing to terms on one-year, $750,000 deal.
Forward Kevin Rooney elects to sign with the Rangers, signing a two-year, $1.5 million contract.
Winnipeg adds to its blue-line group, as Nathan Beaulieu has inked a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
The King has chosen his next NHL home. Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Capitals. Grade for the deal.
Former Golden Knights blueliner -- and University of Michigan product -- Jon Merrill has signed with the Red Wings for one year, $925,000.
Forward Tyler Motte is back with the Canucks, as he has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.45 million contract.
The Lightning will bring at least some of their free agents for 2020-21. Forward Patrick Maroon (two years, $1.8 million) and Luke Schenn (one year, $800,000) are both back to help with the efforts for another Stanley Cup.
The Golden Knights have traded center Paul Stastny to the Jets for Carl Dahlstrom and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft. The 34-year-old Stastny has one year remaining on a three-year, $19.5 million contract signed in July 2018. Grades for both GMs.
WE HAVE ALSO ACQUIRED CARL DAHLSTROM'S DOG WHO WE VERY MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING 😁🐶😍 pic.twitter.com/C9Y8Ki9NbY— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 9, 2020
RFA defenseman Victor Mete will not be hitting the market, as the Canadiens have re-signed him to a one-year, $735,000 deal.
Penguins not ready to move on from Sam Lafferty, ink the RFA forward to two-year, $1.5 million deal.
The Zemgus Girgensons era continues in Buffalo: Sabres re-sign forward for three years, $6.6 million.
Following trade, Josh Anderson inks seven-year, $38.5 million deal with the Canadiens.
Noah Juulsen is back with the Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.
Following trade, Max Domi signs with Blue Jackets for two years, $10.6 million.
The fourth overall pick of the 2016 draft, Jesse Puljujarvi returns to the Oilers on two-year, $2.35 million contract.
Jets avoid losing another blueliner, ink defenseman Dylan DeMelo for four years, $12 million.
Defenseman Brenden Dillon sticks with the Capitals on four-year, $15.6 million deal.
Nicolas Meloche, Maxim Letunov back with the Sharks on one-year, $700,000 contracts.
Jacob Middleton, Jayden Halbgewachs remain with the Sharks on two-year, $14.5 million deals.
Zack MacEwen remains with the Canucks on two-year, $1.65 million pact.
Sabres re-sign RFA forward Tage Thompson to three-year, $4.2 million deal.
Islanders ink RFA defenseman Sebastian Aho to two-year, $1.45 million contract.
Defenseman Carson Soucy is back with the Wild on a three-year, $8.25 million contract.
Wild elect to re-sign RFA forward Nico Sturm to a two-year, $1.45 million pact.
Senators reach agreement with defenseman Josh Brown for two years, $2.4 million.
Veteran forward Jason Spezza re-signs with the Maple Leafs for one year, $700,000.
Stars elect to re-sign veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera for two years, $3 million.
Golden Knights sign goalie Robin Lehner to five-year, $25 million contract.
Penguins and RFA netminder Tristan Jarry reach agreement on three-year, $10.5 million deal.
Goaltender Brian Elliott back with the Flyers on one-year, $1.5 million pact.
Jets, goaltender Laurent Brossoit ink one-year, $1.5 million pact to keep him in Winnipeg.
Maple Leafs reach deal with RFA forward Denis Malgin for one year, $700,000.
RFA netminder Michael McNiven remains with Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.
Flyers extend RFA defenseman Robert Hagg for another two years, $3.2 million.
Red Wings, forward Sam Gagner reach terms on one-year, $850,000 contract.
Pending unrestricted free-agent defenseman Jeff Petry remains with the Canadiens on four-year, $25 million deal.
Flyers ink goaltender Alex Lyon for one year, $700,000 to bolster their netminding depth.
Sabres extend the term of forward Curtis Lazar for two years, $1.6 million.
RFA forward Michael McCarron re-signs with Predators for one year, $700,000.
Canadiens reach terms with RFA forward Jake Evans for two years, $1.5 million.
RFA forward Jared McCann re-signs with the Penguins for two years, $5.88 million.
Capitals extend RFA forward -- and former Penguin -- Daniel Sprong for two years, $1.5 million.
Canadiens ink veteran defenseman Joel Edmundson for four years, $14 million.
Wild agree to terms with defenseman Jonas Brodin on seven-year, $42 million contract.
RFA netminder Adin Hill remains with the Coyotes on one-year, $800,000 deal.
RFA defenseman Sean Walker remains with the Kings on four-year, $10.6 million contract.
Blues reach terms with RFA forward Jacob De La Rose on one-year, $700,000 deal.
Oilers agree to one-year, $700,000 contract with the wonderfully named Adam Cracknell.
Kings sign RFA forward Austin Wagner to a three-year, $3.4 million contract.