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Burnside: Saad makes Jackets force in East

What is unassailable is that the best player in this deal -- Brandon Saad -- is in Columbus, which makes the Blue Jackets a much, much better team.

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Coller: The next 10 steps for the Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres locked up a No. 1 prospect, No. 1 goalie and No. 1 center in the 2015 NHL draft. What's next? Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus lists 10 steps.

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Rumblings: Matt Beleskey in high demand

Matt Beleskey has received interest from a dozen teams since the free-agent interview period opened, according to his agent.

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Can the Dallas Stars' two-goalie system work?

Craig Custance checks in with people inside hockey to determine whether the Dallas Stars' two-goalie setup is as effective as having one workhorse.

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Sabres lead most improved teams out of 2015 draft

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- We knew the Sabres were going to be better. We knew they were getting a franchise-changing center in Jack Eichel. The only suspense was just how long GM Tim Murray’s Eichel announcement would take -- and he kept it under four seconds.

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Blackhawks have long liked Anisimov and the added bonus of getting him now is he can help Artemi Panarin make the transition from the KHL.

Burnside: Saad makes Blue Jackets better

Brandon Saad is the real deal, regardless of who is lining up alongside him. And his maturity and understanding of the game are impressive. Oh, and he's just 22. Columbus is now a force

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Once talks broke down with Beauchemin camp this morning, Ducks and Canucks got serious on Bieksa. They spoke at draft too

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Told there's "significant" interest already in Alexander Semin. Becomes a fascinating option on the free agent market.