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.
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 players who have been announced or are reportedly attending teams’ 2021 training camps on PTOs:
This story will be updated.
NHL players signed to PTOs in 2021-22
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