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LeBrun: No need to defend Hall's inductees

There's no arguing with the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015, which includes Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom, Phil Housley and Chris Pronger.

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Niemi reaches three-year contract with Stars

The Dallas Stars have signed goalie Antti Niemi to a three-year contract, the team announced Monday. The deal is worth $4.5 million per season, an NHL source confirmed with ESPN.com.

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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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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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2015 NHL Draft Board

Here are all the picks from Connor McDavid to No. 211 from the 2015 draft.

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2015-16 NHL Trade Tracker

ESPN.com keeps tabs on all the deals made in the 2015-16 season, starting in the days leading up to the 2015 draft.

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Brenden Dillon has agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks, agent Jarrett Bousquet confirms

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Lidstrom leads Hockey HOF Class of 2015

This year's Hockey Hall of Fame class: Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Chris Pronger, Angela Ruggiero plus Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos in the builders category. They will officially be inducted on November 9. 7 elected

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9 players from 2002 Red Wings now in HOF

With the elections of Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov today, the 2002 Stanley Cup champs now have 9 players in the Hall of Fame: Igor Larionov, Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Dominik Hasek, Lidstrom and Fedorov.

Blueliners dominate Hockey HOF Class

You could argue that three and a half defensemen got the Hockey Hall of Fame call. Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley were joined by forward Sergei Fedorov, who took a whirl on defense for Scotty Bowman when injuries hit in Detroit. LeBrun: Best defense

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