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Live free-agency tracker: Latest signings, analysis and buzz

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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.

Grades on big signings | Team previews | Top 60 FAs

Draft recap: Every pick | Grades | Takeaways

Oct. 9

Penguins agree to terms with forward Evan Rodrigues on one-year, $700,000 contract.

Forward Tyler Pitlick has signed with the Coyotes, agreeing to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

Panthers come to terms with former Blue Jacket forward Alexander Wennberg on one-year, $2.25 million deal.

Following his trade earlier this week, goaltender Matt Murray has signed a four-year, $25 million deal with the Senators.

Rangers add goaltending depth, sign veteran Keith Kinkaid to a two-year, $1.65 million contract.

After an impressive run in leading the Stars to the Stanley Cup Final, Anton Khudobin has re-signed with Dallas, inking a three-year, $10 million contract. Grade for the deal.

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.

Former Capitals starting goalie Braden Holtby has gotten off of the goalie carousel, signing a two-year, $8.6 million deal with the Canucks. Grade for the deal.

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.

After being bought out by the Predators, veteran forward Kyle Turris has landed with the Oilers on a two-year, $3.3 million contract. Grade for the deal.

Another rider has gotten off of the 2020 goaltender carousel, as Cam Talbot has signed with the Wild for three years, $11 million. Grade for the deal.

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.

Carter Verhaeghe did not get a qualifying offer from the Lightning, but his free-agent journey was not a long one: He has signed with the Panthers for two years, $2 million.

Former Golden Knights blueliner — and University of Michigan product — Jon Merrill has signed with the Red Wings for one year, $925,000.

Veteran defenseman Radko Gudas is heading to the Panthers, as he has inked a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

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.

Following his buyout earlier this offseason by the Senators, veteran forward Bobby Ryan has landed with the Red Wings on a one-year, $1 million contract. Grade for the deal.

The Lightning have placed forward Tyler Johnson on waivers. He has four years remaining on his contract at $5 million in average annual value.

Veteran forward Wayne Simmonds has elected to sign with the Maple Leafs for one year, $1.5 million. Grade for the deal.

Blackhawks extend their relationship with Calder Trophy finalist Dominik Kubalik (two years, $7.4 million) and netminder Malcolm Subban (two years, $1.7 million)

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.

RFA defenseman Victor Mete will not be hitting the market, as the Canadiens have re-signed him to a one-year, $735,000 deal.

Golden Knights extend a pair of RFAs for one more year, with defenseman Jimmy Schuldt and forward Reid Duke landing $700,000 contracts for 2020-21.

Oct. 8

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.

Red Wings re-sign RFA forwards Taro Hirose and Adam Erne to one-year deals, with undisclosed dollar amounts.

Noah Juulsen is back with the Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.

Oct. 7

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.

Lightning retain Gemel Smith (one year, $700,000) and Mitchell Stephens (two years, $1.47 million).

Jets avoid losing another blueliner, ink defenseman Dylan DeMelo for four years, $12 million.

Oct. 6

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.

Oct. 5

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.

Oct. 4

Stars elect to re-sign veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera for two years, $3 million.

Oct. 3

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.

Oct. 2

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.

Sept. 30

RFA netminder Michael McNiven remains with Canadiens on one-year, $700,000 contract.

Sept. 28

Flyers extend RFA defenseman Robert Hagg for another two years, $3.2 million.

Sept. 26

Red Wings, forward Sam Gagner reach terms on one-year, $850,000 contract.

Sept. 25

Pending UFA 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.

Sept. 24

Sabres extend the term of forward Curtis Lazar for two years, $1.6 million.

Sept. 23

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.

Sept. 18

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.

Sept. 16

Canadiens ink veteran defenseman Joel Edmundson for four years, $14 million.

Sept. 15

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.

Sept. 11

RFA defenseman Sean Walker remains with the Kings on four-year, $10.6 million contract.

Sept. 10

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.

Sept. 1

Kings sign RFA forward Austin Wagner to a three-year, $3.4 million contract.

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DJ Moore scores two TDs, including 74-yarder from Teddy Bridgewater

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DJ Moore may have exploded past Robby Anderson to reclaim his spot as the No. 1 receiver for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday with two big first-half touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints.

The first was a 74-yard catch from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in which the former Maryland star was 10 yards clear of any defender as the Saints had a major breakdown in protection.

The second was a 7-yard shovel pass on an end around in which Moore ran through several New Orleans defenders for the touchdown that gave the Panthers a 17-14 lead. The Saints have now allowed 17 TD passes in six games this year, and they’ve allowed 11 pass plays of 29-plus yards.

Moore entered the season as Carolina’s No. 1 receiver, but quickly was passed by Anderson, who entered this game tied for fourth in the NFL in catches with 40 and second in receiving yards with 566. Moore had 27 catches coming in today.

In the first half against New Orleans, Moore has two catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson had three catches for 34 yards.

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Indiana jumps into Top 25; Ohio State up to No. 3

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Indiana jumped into The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after pulling off the weekend’s most dramatic upset and Ohio State moved up to No. 3 following a dominant season debut.

Clemson remained a rock-solid No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2. The Tigers received 52 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the remaining 10.

Ohio State leaped two spots after easily dispatching Nebraska as the Big Ten Conference kicked off its pandemic-delayed and abbreviated season.

No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Georgia each slipped a spot behind the Buckeyes.

Indiana pulled off a stunner in overtime to jump into the rankings, beating then-No. 8 Penn State to earn the program’s first victory against a team ranked in the AP top 10 since 1987. The Hoosiers snapped a 25-year absence from the poll last season but stayed there only one week.

Indiana has its best ranking since 1993, when it also reached No. 17. With Rutgers coming up next week, the Hoosiers might see a longer stay in the poll than last year. Then again, the Scarlet Knights won their opener, too.

Penn State slipped 10 spots to No. 18 after losing to the Hoosiers for just the second time in 24 meetings since joining the Big Ten.

POLL POINTS

What’s up with Ohio State moving past Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish had their most impressive victory of the season, against Pittsburgh?

Remember, the Buckeyes were No. 2 in the preseason and a close second to No. 1 Clemson.

When the Big Ten postponed its fall season, Ohio State and the rest of the conference’s teams became ineligible for inclusion in the rankings. Then the Big Ten decided to play in the fall after all and those teams became eligible again. But some voters decided they would wait until teams played before being considered for inclusion.

That held back the Buckeyes and some other Big Ten teams for a few weeks. Now that all the voters are including Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, et al., those teams got an extra boost this week.

Wisconsin moved up five spots to No. 9, appearing on every ballot for the first time since returning to the rankings three polls ago. No. 13 Michigan also moved up five spots, though the Wolverines got a bounce from an impressive victory at Minnesota.

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The other teams to move into the rankings this week are regulars.

— No. 24 Oklahoma is back after three weeks out. That is the longest run of polls that have not included the Sooners since 2009, when they were left out of the final six Top 25s.

— No. 25 Boise State made its season debut, along with the rest of the Mountain West Conference, and grabbed the final spot in the rankings. The Broncos were last ranked in the final poll of the 2019 season. Boise State has now made at least one poll appearance in 19 straight seasons, tied with Southern California for the seventh-longest active streak.

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— Minnesota dropped out after getting thumped at home by Michigan.

— The Atlantic Coast Conference, which had the most teams ranked last weekend, lost two Sunday. Virginia Tech and North Carolina State both fell out after losing for the second time this season.

CONFERENCE CALL

The only conference without representation in the Top 25 is the Mid-American, which doesn’t begin play until Nov. 4.

Big Ten — 5 (Nos. 3, 9, 13, 17, 18).

SEC — 4 (Nos. 2, 5, 8, 10).

ACC — 4 (Nos. 1, 4, 12, 15).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 6, 16, 23, 24).

Pac-12 — 2 (Nos. 14, 21).

American — 2 (Nos. 7, 22).

C-USA — 1 (No. 19).

Mountain West — 1 (No. 25).

Sun Belt — 1 (No. 20).

Independent — 1 (No. 11).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 3 Ohio State at No. 18 Penn State. The Nittany Lions didn’t hold up their end of what was set to be a top-10 matchup, but it’s still probably the toughest game on the Buckeyes’ regular-season schedule.

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Washington’s Kyle Allen connects with Terry McLaurin for 52-yard TD

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LANDOVER, Md. — Two plays after stopping the Dallas Cowboys on a fourth-and-1, the Washington Football Team showed, once more, what it had in receiver Terry McLaurin.

On second-and-7 from the Cowboys’ 48, quarterback Kyle Allen, with pressure coming to the left, hit the speedy McLaurin down the left side for a wide-open 52-yard touchdown pass.

McLaurin beat defensive back Trevon Diggs by at least five yards — one play after the rookie cornerback had tussled with him at the end of a play.

It was McLaurin’s first touchdown catch since Week 2 and his longest catch of the season. It’s the second longest touchdown pass of Allen’s career.

It’s McLaurin’s third career receiving TD of 50-plus yards; all have come against NFC East opponents — the first two came against the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

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