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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.

Darling shares Stanley cup with hometown (1:10)
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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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21hCraig Custance

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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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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Seattle group files for NHL expansion

Investment banker Ray Bartoszek will submit an application to the NHL for an expansion team in Tukwila, a town just south of Seattle, according to the Seattle Times. Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will start taking bids on July 6.

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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Thomas Greiss among the UFA options the LA Kings have looked into. Greiss has other teams in mix, too. Solid backup, cap-friendly option

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Just a reminder that the Blue Jackets will be matching any offer sheet for Brandon Saad. Will probably include a thank you note.

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Happy Canada Day to my good friends to the north. Have fun, be safe and let's get all the free agents signed before 3 p.m.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

The Oilers will try for a UFA d-man today, they've already contacted camps for the likes of Franson, Sekera, Green, among others...

Cam Talbot's most devoted fan

The goalie was traded from the Rangers to the Oilers over the weekend, and 7-year-old Kailey Krusewski was crushed. Her letter to Talbot is a must read. 'I will miss you pal'

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