Unsigned veteran players can earn a contract with an NHL team by impressing enough in training camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO).
Training camps will open on Dec. 31 for the seven teams that did not participate in the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 season. Camps will open for the remaining 24 teams on Jan. 3, and the regular season will begin on Jan. 13.
The following notable players (listed alphabetically) will be in an NHL camp on a PTO with the listed team.
Craig Anderson, G, Washington Capitals
The 39-year-old goalie was 11-17-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .902 save percentage for the Ottawa Senators last season. His 17th in the NHL. He is 289-251-67 and two ties in 648 NHL games (633 starts) with 2.84 GAA, .914 save percentage and 42 shutouts for the Senators, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks. The Capitals are seeking a veteran backup for 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov after Henrik Lundqvist, who signed a one-year contract on Oct. 9, opted to sit out this season because of a heart condition.
Michael Del Zotto, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
Del Zotto scored 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 49 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. Selected by the New York Rangers with the No. 20 pick of the 2008 NHL Draft, the 30-year-old defenseman has scored 236 points (56 goals, 180 assists) in 657 NHL games with the Rangers, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and the Ducks.