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3hScott Burnside

Burnside: Best and worst of free agency

When money gets handed out freely during the opening frenzy of free agency, there are sure to be some home runs and a few strikeouts.

NHL free agency Day 1 recap (5:30)
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2015-16 Free-Agent Tracker

Follow all the big (and small) signings of the NHL's free-agency season.

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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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16hCraig Custance

Making sense of the Bruins' moves thus far

The Boston Bruins have captivated the hockey world this offseason. Craig Custance explores all of their wild moves as part of the big picture.

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4dCraig Custance

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.

McDavid, Eichel just the start for Oilers, Sabres (3:51)
Eichel on getting drafted by Sabres (1:48)


NHL free agency: Day 1

Opening day of free agency was a busy one, with the most notable deal being Phil Kessel joining the Penguins via trade. Best and worst

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Caps sign ex-Conn Smythe winner Williams

Justin Williams, who won 3 Stanley Cups with the Kings and was playoff MVP in 2014, got a 2-year, $6.5M contract. Williams had 18 goals and 23 assists in 81 games last season.

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Washington Capitals @washingtoncaps

Three-time Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner Justin Williams joins the #Caps! Read more in bio link and double-tap to welcome Justin to Washington!

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Montreal was among the teams also in the mix near the end of the day on Justin Williams... Habs can be patient, other guys out there

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

I’m Mr. Short Term Memory when it comes to Horton being a Leaf “Hey, it’s Nathan Horton!” (Two minutes pass.) “Hey, it’s Nathan Horton!”

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

No one says "You're welcome" better than Don Sweeney. Each one is consistent and enthusiastic after each "thank you" by reporters.

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

Just found myself wondering which Leafs forward has the highest cap hit now, so I looked it up and now I can't stop laughing.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Bruins GM Don Sweeney explained to his staff when he got the job: "Buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy ride to get going."

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Great line by Don Sweeney: "We stayed in the bunker mentality. I knew we were taking bullets. . . We've improved our overall group."