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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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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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2dPierre LeBrun

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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Can the Dallas Stars' two-goalie system work?

Craig Custance checks in with people inside hockey to determine whether the Dallas Stars' two-goalie setup is as effective as having one workhorse.

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2dCraig 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.

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Bill Daly on NY Post report regarding Coyotes moving to Vegas: ``The most ridiculous and irresponsible story I have ever been ... (con't)

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But at the time, Canucks focused on doing deal with Sharks and then Kings did Lucic deal with Bruins, which negated any chance to get Bieksa

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Told the LA Kings went beyond kicking tires on a trade conversation with the Canucks on Kevin Bieksa at the draft last week (con't)...

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The Saad news broke just as I was getting ready to leave for the Chicago Fire game. I'm wearing a Fire shirt at home. Come on you men in red