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Burnside: Saad makes Jackets force in East

What is unassailable is that the best player in this deal -- Brandon Saad -- is in Columbus, which makes the Blue Jackets a much, much better team.

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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 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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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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Craig Custance @CraigCustance

The negotiating window cuts down on some of today's frenzy. I even think, in some cases, it may give GMs enough time to re-think bad deals.

Down Goes Brown @DownGoesBrown

I refuse to believe the Leafs are going to be the team that goes crazy for Matt Beleskey. (If they do, I will live-tweet my rage spiral.)

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

The Sharks No. 1 target is Paul Martin but there's lots and lots of interest in him. He'd be a great fit in San Jose. But other offers, too

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

As always with goalies, I'd rather be paying too much for guys than have too much term. No issues with what Calgary is doing.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Hearing that the Oilers have kicked the tires on UFA goalies Ramo and Neuvirth... but I think Ramo more likely to re-sign with Flames