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1hScott Burnside

Free-agency winners and losers ... so far

Milan Lucic will plug a big hole in Edmonton, Kyle Okposo could be a playoff key for Buffalo, and Chicago's reunion with Brian Campbell might pay off. But the Rangers are losing relevance.

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28mCraig Custance

NHL free-agency award winners on July 1

Craig Custance hands out his superlatives for the best and most interesting NHL deals signed on July 1.

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2015-16 Free-Agent Tracker

Follow all the big (and small) signings as the NHL's free-agency season gets underway with some big names on the market.

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1dPierre LeBrun

Anatomy of the Weber-Subban blockbuster

How the huge deal between the Predators and Canadiens came together might come as a surprise, but the considerable heat generated by Wednesday's other big trade shouldn't shock anyone.

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2dMatthew Coller

Eastern Conference free-agency guide

Now that the NHL draft is over, what remains on every Eastern Conference team's shopping list? We identify the biggest needs and top targets for all 16 teams out East.


Hockey Today: Free agency primer

The ESPN.com hockey experts preview the NHL free agency period -- set to begin Friday -- and get some inside scoops from Sharks D Paul Martin and player agent Matt Keator.

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'Not so crazy now, am I?'

Hall of Famer Eric Lindros didn't intend to become a poster boy of the concussion crisis that blindsided sports. But by challenging hockey's play-through-it culture, he redefined what it means to be tough -- and saved his life.

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3dPierre LeBrun

New, content Lindros happy with Hall nod

Married, with children and in a new, calmer stage of his life, the previously polarizing Eric Lindros finds himself enjoying a long-debated induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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NHL Trade Tracker

A look at all recent deals in the NHL, including trades made during the 2015-16 season and those that happened before and during the 2016 draft.

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2016 NHL draft grades

With the 2016 NHL draft in the books, Corey Pronman grades all 30 teams on their hauls, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets leading the way.


Hockey Today: Talking draft with Pronman

In a bonus edition of Hockey Today, Scott Burnside chats with ESPN hockey writer and NHL draft guru Corey Pronman about each team's haul from this year's draft and more.

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7dScott Burnside

Auston Matthews ready to make his mark

Will the top draft pick be the light who leads the Leafs out of decades of darkness? Matthews, 18, rejects the savior label. "I want to be an impact player," he says, "but hockey's a team game."


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron on his new teammate, David Backes: "David is a great player that plays with passion every night. He brings lots and lots of intangibles that makes a difference for a team. I'm looking forward to meet him and be his teammate."

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Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Before everyone disappears for summer just wanted to say thanks to you all for reading, listening, watching and interacting. Love you all.

Bobby Ryan @b_ryan9

Is this Gary on the golf channel an absolute jerk or is it just me? Best players in the world grinding and he just beats them down.

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The @NYRangers kept away from big $$ signings. Still improved special teams,speed, depth w Grabner, Gerbe. I like Paliota. Big young, Dman.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Sharks sign forward Mikkel Boedker to a four-year deal worth $4 million per season. Penguins speed gave the Sharks trouble at times in Stanley Cup finals and Boedker was one of best skaters available. At 26 years old, still relatively young for a unrestricted free agent.

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The New York Islanders made the Andrew Ladd deal official. "Andrew is a highly skilled, versatile, heart-and-soul type of player and we're thrilled to welcome him to the Islanders organization," said GM Garth Snow. "He's a leader and proven winner who will help our team continue to build towards a Stanley Cup championship."

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

The Stanley Cup finalist San Joe Sharks gobbled up the top remaining free agent forward on the market Friday signing Mikkel Boedker to a four-year deal worth $16 million. It is a calculated risk for San Jose GM Doug Wilson as the 26-year-old Boedker has never hit the 20-goal plateau. But the former 8th overall pick in the 2008 draft is blessed with terrific speed and the hope is he will develop into a top six forward with Sharks.

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Panthers were willing to do 1-year deal worth $4.75 million to keep Brian Campbell. Lure for him & wife to return to Chicago too strong.