Approaching late November, activity in the NHL's 2020 offseason trade and free-agent markets has slowed to a crawl.
Following a flurry of signings throughout October, only 20 were made from Nov. 1 – 16. Many of those were restricted free agents re-signing with their respective teams or clubs inking their top prospects selected in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Trade activity, meanwhile, has been non-existent since the Vancouver Canucks acquired defenseman Nate Schmidt from the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 12.
It's not as though there aren't any notable deals to be made in the trade market or no decent free agent available in the unrestricted free-agent market.
Several clubs still must make cost-cutting trades to free up sufficient salary-cap space to re-sign key restricted free agents. The New York Islanders, for example, must get first-line center Mathew Barzal under contract. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli and defensemen Mikhail Sergachev and Erik Cernak still need new contracts.