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.
The Ducks 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.