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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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McDavid, Eichel just the start for Oilers, Sabres (3:51)
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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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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Those are the kinds of conversations teams are having right now.... it's not your usual NHL off-season, that's for sure.

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Or, as some are thinking, do you sit back and wait after first few days of UFA business and circle back to teams that strike out there...

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Interesting dilemma for teams trying to unload high-priced talent. Do you make your best pitch today before the UFA market opens tomorrow?

Sabres: C Cody Hodgson to be placed on waivers with intention of buying out contract, according to reports

Sharks: D Brenden Dillon reaches agreement on 5-year deal reportedly worth $16.35 million

Canucks: G Jacob Markstrom and RW Linden Vey both re-sign with the team

Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN

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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