The wait is over.
Following the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup title, all the talk in the NHL has centered around the upcoming free agent market, with the Sharks playing a central role in the festivities.
San Jose already re-signed defenseman Erik Karlsson to a massive eight-year contract, and traded blueliner Justin Braun.
Former Shark Patrick Marleau was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Carolina Hurricanes and subsequently bought out, causing the talk of a potential reunion to grow even louder.
Then, of course, there is Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist, all of whom are unrestricted free agents and reportedly could take their talents elsewhere.
It will be an exciting first day of free agency, and you can follow all the rumors, news and trade talk here:
4:00 p.m. PT: Tyson Barrie is headed to Toronto as part of a multi-player trade between the Avalanche and Maple Leafs.
.@Sportchek Player Alert: The @MapleLeafs have acquired defenceman Tyson Barrie, forward Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth-round pick (COL) in exchange for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round pick (TOR).
Details >> https://t.co/nNIaK7oMEI#LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/LTirJUG2fg— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 1, 2019
3:05 p.m. PT: Carolina netminder Peter Mrazek has re-signed with the Hurricanes on a two-year deal.
3:05 p.m. PT: Former Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner has found a new home with the Blackhawks on a one-year contract.
Robin Lehner is a Blackhawk!
The 27-year-old goaltender has inked a 1-year, $5 million contract that runs through the 2019-20 season. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/0Px285miv3— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 1, 2019
2:55 p.m. PT: The Islanders have a new netminder after signing Semyon Varlamov to a four-year deal.
2:50 p.m. PT: The Islanders have re-signed their captain Anders Lee to a seven-year contract.
2:00 p.m. PT: Joakim Ryan is staying in the Pacific division, leaving the Sharks for the Kings.
12:15 p.m. PT: The Canadiens reportedly have submitted an offer sheet for Hurricanes' restricted free agent Sebastian Aho.
11:15 a.m. PT: Defenseman Anton Stralman is staying in the state of Florida, going from the Lightning to the Panthers.
11:15 a.m. PT: Veteran winger Wayne Simmonds is signing a one-year contract with the Devils.
10:45 a.m. PT: The Florida Panthers have signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year contract.
10:45 a.m. PT: Longtime Sharks' nemesis Corey Perry will be joining Pavelski in Dallas.
Welcome to Dallas, Corey!
The Stars have signed RW Corey Perry to a one-year, $1.5-million contract, plus an additional $1.75-million in performance-based incentives. #GoStars https://t.co/LqNTmvBX3o— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) July 1, 2019
10:45 a.m. PT: Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars.
9:55 a.m. PT: Another Sharks winger -- Gustav Nyquist -- has agreed to a four-year deal with Columbus.
Four years, $5.5M AAV for Nyquist.— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019
9:50 a.m. PT: Former Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi has agreed to a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
9:40 a.m. PT: The Vancouver Canucks have agreed to a five-year contract with Tyler Myers.
Official Myers numbers 5 year $30M to Canucks. $16 M in bonuses.
Year by year payout is $7.0/4.5/7.0/4.5/7.0— David Amber (@DavidAmber) July 1, 2019
9:30 a.m. PT: Defenseman Tim Heed is re-signing with the Sharks on a one-year deal.
Tim Heed stays with Sharks. 1 yr. $960,000.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2019
9:30 a.m. PT: Matt Duchene has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Nashville Predators.
9:25 a.m. PT: The New York Rangers landed perhaps the best available player, signing Artemi Panarin to a seven-year contract.
Panarin looks like $81.5M over 7 to NYR— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2019
9:15 a.m. PT: The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a long-term deal with winger Mats Zuccarello.
9:15 a.m. PT: With his new contract, Timo Meier won't become an unrestricted free agent until 2024.
Oops, Meier's first season in SJ was 34 games, so he didn't get an accrued season for that. therefore, he isn't UFA until 2024. Thanks to our pals @CapFriendly for that. 👍— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. PT: This would be a big keep for the Sharks.
Hearing that the San Jose Sharks are closing in on re-signing RFA star winger Timo Meier, huge signing for them. They kept UFA star D Erik Karlsson off the UFA market and now are about to lock up a key core player.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2019
8:48 a.m. PT: Are the Rangers about to make a huge move?
All signs are pointing toward the NYR landing Artemi Panarin.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2019
8:24 a.m. PT: The Canucks are trying to bolster their blue line.
Jordie Benn will sign for $2 M x two years with Vancouver today— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2019
8:10 a.m. PT: The much-rumored trade is official.
We have acquired forward Jimmy Vesey from the @NYRangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Details: https://t.co/BZhDcuKMYP pic.twitter.com/LpgaJrM8dp— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 1, 2019
7:57 a.m. PT: It looks like Joonas Donskoi could be heading to Denver.
Still not a done deal, still some tweaking going on on the AAV, but hearing that Donskoi's deal with Colorado will be for 4 years if they complete it— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2019