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NHL free agency: Latest rumblings and signings

Get all the deals and details of NHL free agency right here, including the latest news, rumblings and signings.

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2015-16 Free-Agent Tracker

Follow all the big (and small) signings as the NHL's free-agency season gets underway with some big names on the market.

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1dPierre LeBrun

Anatomy of the Weber-Subban blockbuster

How the huge deal between the Predators and Canadiens came together might come as a surprise, but the considerable heat generated by Wednesday's other big trade shouldn't shock anyone.

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Eastern Conference free-agency guide

Now that the NHL draft is over, what remains on every Eastern Conference team's shopping list? We identify the biggest needs and top targets for all 16 teams out East.


Hockey Today: Free agency primer

The ESPN.com hockey experts preview the NHL free agency period -- set to begin Friday -- and get some inside scoops from Sharks D Paul Martin and player agent Matt Keator.

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'Not so crazy now, am I?'

Hall of Famer Eric Lindros didn't intend to become a poster boy of the concussion crisis that blindsided sports. But by challenging hockey's play-through-it culture, he redefined what it means to be tough -- and saved his life.

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3dPierre LeBrun

New, content Lindros happy with Hall nod

Married, with children and in a new, calmer stage of his life, the previously polarizing Eric Lindros finds himself enjoying a long-debated induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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NHL Trade Tracker

A look at all recent deals in the NHL, including trades made during the 2015-16 season and those that happened before and during the 2016 draft.

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2016 NHL draft grades

With the 2016 NHL draft in the books, Corey Pronman grades all 30 teams on their hauls, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets leading the way.


Hockey Today: Talking draft with Pronman

In a bonus edition of Hockey Today, Scott Burnside chats with ESPN hockey writer and NHL draft guru Corey Pronman about each team's haul from this year's draft and more.

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Auston Matthews ready to make his mark

Will the top draft pick be the light who leads the Leafs out of decades of darkness? Matthews, 18, rejects the savior label. "I want to be an impact player," he says, "but hockey's a team game."


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Kevin Connauton to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

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Most notable players still remaining in NHL free agency: 1. Jason Demers, D 2. Kris Russell, D 3. Mikkel Boedker, F

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins officially announce the deal with forward David Backes for five years and $6 million annually.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to a three-year deal worth $3.5 million per season, the team announced Friday. This is a strong move by the Lightning and could mean the end of Ben Bishop, who has one year remaining on his current contract. When he suffered a lower-body injury in the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it was Vasilevskiy who stepped up and nearly propelled the Lightning to the Cup finals.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

So, the Washington Capitals sign forward Brett Connolly to a one-year deal worth $850,000. The 24-year-old for a first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It didn't work out for him in Tampa, and he struggled with consistency when traded to the Boston Bruins. But, he has the ability to make an impact if put in the right position to be successful. He's talented and can play with grit. Interesting to see if he can turn things around in Washington.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Best NHL signings today so far today: 1. Victor Hedman, TB (8-years, $7.875 million per season) 2. Dan Hamhuis, Stars (2-years, $3.75 million per) 3. Brian Campbell, Blackhawks (1-year, $2 million)

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Michael Grabner, the team announced Friday. Grabner, 28, has 397 games of NHL experience with the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 104 goals and 69 assists for 173 points.

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The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed on a two-year deal worth $2.5 million per season with veteran forward Lee Stempniak, the team announced Friday. This is his 10th career team in the NHL. "Lee is a veteran, skilled forward who will provide offense for our team, as well as leadership on and off the ice," said GM Ron Francis. Stempniak, 33, combined for 19 goals and 33 assists for 51 points with the Devils and Bruins last season.