As the calendar flips to the start of NHL training camp, a number of veteran guys are still waiting for a contract that will lock them up for the 2021-22 season. Instead of sitting at home and watching the latest episodes of “Ted Lasso,” a number of wily vets have signed professional tryout (PTO) agreements to find a suitor.
Several players — e.g., James Neal and Bobby Ryan — are expected to find NHL jobs for the season. Other guys are bubble depth signings to push youngsters to up their games in camps. They could still get a deal if they up their game too, as the PTO allows players to practice and play in exhibition matches.
NHL 2021-22: Top 10 defensemen | Top 10 goalies | Top 10 forwards | Top 25 under 25
Players shifting from PTOs to deals happens. Alex Chiasson, who signed a PTO with the Canucks on Sept. 22, was on a PTO with the Oilers before signing a deal in 2018 with the club. He then posted a solid year before signing a two-year contract on July 1, 2019.
Below are all the top players who have been announced or are reportedly attending teams’ 2021 training camps on PTOs:
This story will be updated.
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NHL players signed to PTOs in 2021-22
|2021-22 NHL team||Name||Position||2020-21 NHL team(s)||Result|
|Coyotes||Alex Galchenyuk||Forward||Senators/Maple Leafs||1 year, $750,000|
|Red Wings||Bobby Ryan||Forward||Red Wings||—|
|Canadiens||Cody Goloubef||Defense||Senators (AHL affiliate)||Released|
|Devils||Frederik Gauthier||Forward||Coyotes||1 year, $800,000|
|Devils||Jimmy Vesey||Forward||Maple Leafs/Canucks||—|
|Senators||Tyler Ennis||Forward||Oilers||1 year, $900,000|
|Kraken||Scott Wilson||Forward||—||Signed with Charlotte (AHL)|
|St. Louis Blues||James Neal||Forward||Oilers||—|
|Maple Leafs||Nikita Gusev||Forward||Panthers||Released|
|Maple Leafs||Josh Ho-Sang||Forward||Islanders (AHL affiliate)||1-year deal with Marlies (AHL)|