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Five things to know about NHL free agency

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The NHL free agent frenzy will almost certainly include big-money, long-term deals for the likes of wingers Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo and Loui Eriksson, and produce a trickle-down effect for several other players on the open market....

NHL free agent pool is deep even without Stamkos

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The big fish is gone, so now teams will circle around the other targets when NHL free agency opens Friday....

Steven Stamkos decides to re-sign with Lightning

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Steven Stamkos insisted all along that he wanted to stay put in Tampa Bay to win the Stanley Cup....

Predators acquire P.K. Subban from Canadiens for Shea Weber

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P.K. Subban is taking his talents to Smashville as part of a major trade of two of the NHL's top defensemen....

Devils acquire former No. 1 pick Taylor Hall from Oilers

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The Devils finally have a legitimate goal scorer, and this one is coming to New Jersey with a chip on his shoulder after a surprising trade....

Lindros' wait over as he headlines Hockey Hall of Fame class

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Eric Lindros knew exactly what day and time the Hockey Hall of Fame would call. He was just hoping his phone would ring this time after six years of silence....

NHL teams must consider expansion draft in offseason plans
Brad Treliving saw the rules for the expansion draft and immediately was in an advantageous position. The Calgary Flames' general manager needed a goaltender, and with Las Vegas set to harvest the NHL for two of them in a year, his colleagues had incentive to make a move....

NHL teams' focus turns to 'Big Fish' in free agency: Stamkos

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft's second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards....

Sabres acquire defenseman Kulikov in trade with Panthers
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Sabres general manager Tim Murray filled his team's wish list by acquiring veteran defenseman Dmitri Kulikov in a trade with the Florida Panthers....

Arizona-born Matthews goes 1st in NHL draft; Finns follow

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs pinned their future on Arizona-raised center Auston Matthews with the first pick in the NHL draft....

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