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Burnside: Kessel's future brighter?

In adding Phil Kessel, the Penguins believed they finally had a fit for the wing to maximize the other-worldly talents of Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin.

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Matthew Coller

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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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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2015-16 Free-Agent Tracker

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

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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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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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Canucks trade Kassian for Prust

The Canucks sent Zack Kassian and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick to Montreal in exchange for Brandon Prust.

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Predators grab center Cody Hodgson

The former Sabre will be in Nashville on a one-year, $1.05 million contract, a source told ESPN's Craig Custance. Hodgson had a 20-goal season in 2013-14 and was a top-10 pick by the Canucks in 2008.

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Who won the Kessel deal?

With Phil Kessel heading to Pittsburgh, likely to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or both, the Penguins' dynamic should produce fireworks worthy of the Fourth of July. Leafs trying addition by subtraction

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Stars sign Patrick Eaves

The forward inked a one-year deal with Dallas. Eaves had 27 points in 47 games last season.

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Who won the Kessel deal?

With Phil Kessel heading to Pittsburgh, likely to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin or both, the Penguins dynamic should produce fireworks worthy of the Fourth of July. Leafs trying addition by subtraction

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Rangers sign two in free agency

New York added forwards Matt Lindblad and Jayson Megna today. Both players come from East rivals: Lindblad from Boston and Megna from Pittsburgh.

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It was obvious when Jeff Gorton worked for the Boston Bruins that he would someday become an NHL GM. He deserves this role with NYR.

Source: Phil Kessel trade details

Pittsburgh gets:

  • RW Phil Kessel, D Tim Erixon, F Tyler Biggs
  • 2016 2nd-round pick
Toronto gets:
  • F Kasperi Kapanen, F Nick Spaling, D Scott Harrington
  • 2016 1st- and 3rd-round picks
  • Retains 15% of Kessel's salary

Burnside: Beauchemin a good fit for Avs?

Francois Beauchemin, who signed a 3-year deal today, is a great role model for the young Colorado defensemen, but can he be counted on to play top minutes should the Avs make the playoffs? Aging mistake