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Way-Too-Early 2017 NHL Draft Top 10 Prospect Rankings

The ink is barely dry on the 2016 NHL entry draft, and teams and their scouts have already gathered lots of information on the 2017 edition. The draft last week featured three top forwards—Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi—followed by a dozen or more skaters of about equal value. Show More Summary

Ranking the Best NHL Players Still on the Trade Market

Early July is usually when the focus is on the potential destinations of the NHL's top unrestricted free agents. With most of the best players now signed, there could be an increase in trade activity involving stars such as Tampa Bay...Show More Summary

NHL Rumors: Examining Buzz Around Cam Fowler Trade, Kris Russell and More

NHL free agency is starting to wind down, with most of the top free agents having signed new deals. Although teams are running out of options, there is still value to be had this summer. The pickings are becoming somewhat slim in terms...Show More Summary

NHL Free Agency 2016: Early Grades for Every Team

Even with Steven Stamkos safely locked up by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the lead-up to July 1, there was still plenty of action in the opening days of NHL free agency. It's always perilous to try and judge these deals immediately because we don't know how things are going to turn out. Show More Summary

NHL Free Agents 2016: Best Fit for Top Remaining Players

Don't delay—when they're gone, they're gone! General managers around the NHL acted quickly and decisively when the 2016 free-agency period opened on July 1, committing a record $616.2 million in salaries to 129 players on the first day...Show More Summary

Reilly Smith, Panthers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

The Florida Panthers announced Sunday they rewarded Reilly Smith with a five-year contract extension after his strong first season with the team in 2015-16. TSN's Gary Lawless first broke the news of the contract. Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...Show More Summary

NHL Free Agents 2016: Ranking the Best Players Left at Every Position

Entering the third day of the NHL's 2016 free-agent period, all the top talent has been signed. However, several quality players, such as winger Jiri Hudler, are still available. These unsigned free agents could become affordable options...Show More Summary

NHL Rumors: Trade Buzz Around Ben Bishop, Free-Agency Rumblings and More

Goaltender Ben Bishop has been as vital for the Tampa Bay Lightning as any other player on their roster over the last two seasons. He helped lead the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2015, and he was having another solid...Show More Summary

Early Ranking of the Top Unrestricted NHL Free Agents in 2017

The 2016 NHL free-agent period became a Target at midnight on the eve of Black Friday. People were waiting outside the doors for days, with the frenzy resulting in millions of dollars being spent on shiny big-ticket items. The difference is few bargains are found on the first day of free agency. Show More Summary

2016 NHL Free Agency: Ranking the Best Value Signings so Far

NHL free agency is always a crazy time—especially the first day. Several teams unloaded money on impact targets in the first 90 minutes, effectively turning free agency into an exciting hour or so—followed by several hours of discussion...Show More Summary

NHL Rumors: Trade Buzz Surrounding Tyson Barrie, Free-Agency Rumblings, More

Big names such as Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo all made major splashes by signing with new teams on the first day of free agency. Lucic signed a seven-year, $42 million deal with the Edmonton Oilers, while Eriksson inked...Show More Summary

NHL Free Agency 2016: Winners and Losers from Day 1

There was no Steven Stamkos and no blockbuster trades stealing the thunder from the kickoff to free agency this year. There were, however, plenty of deals made. Some of them within minutes of the contract window opening—which sure makes...Show More Summary

Mikkel Boedker to Sharks: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Forward Mikkel Boedker signed a four-year deal with the San Jose Sharks on Friday, the club announced in a press release. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported the contract is worth $16 million. Boedker, 26, spent time with the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche in the 2015-16 season, accumulating 17 goals and 34 assists. Show More Summary

Lee Stempniak to Hurricanes: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Former Boston Bruins winger Lee Stempniak will join the Carolina Hurricanes next season after signing a deal with the Eastern Conference club. Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, Stempniak's deal is for two years with an average annual value ofShow More Summary

Chicago Blackhawks Shore Up Need, Nab Best Value of Day in Brian Campbell

On Friday, defenceman Brian Campbell signed the sweetest of sweetheart deals with the Chicago Blackhawks, per the team's official Twitter account. He took a one-year term when he should have been able to get the security of a two-year deal. Show More Summary

Kyle Okposo's Signing with Non-Contender Surprising, but He Will Improve Sabres

When Steven Stamkos took himself off the market on Wednesday, Kyle Okposo immediately went to the top of several free-agent rankings, including mine. There were a couple of reasons for that. First, Okposo was one of the younger players...Show More Summary

Kyle Okposo to Sabres: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Playmaking winger Kyle Okposo reportedly reached an agreement Friday with the Buffalo Sabres on a seven-year, $42 million contract. SportsCentre provided the financial details of the signing. Arthur Staple of Newsday confirmed the agreement is in place. Okposo has quietly been one of the league's most productive forwards over the past three seasons. Show More Summary

NHL Trade Rumors: Latest on Tyson Barrie, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and More

The start of free agency begins with a flurry of activity every year as the best available players decide where they are going to play for the next several years of their career. But after a few hours of a feeding frenzy as millionsShow More Summary

Milan Lucic Is Best Replacement, but Oilers Still Worse After Taylor Hall Trade

On Wednesday, the Edmonton Oilers traded away one of the five best left wings in hockey when they sent Taylor Hall to New Jersey. On Friday, they signed the best free agent left wing for most of the next decade. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun broke the news: There are some obvious things worth saying about the contract. Show More Summary

Dan Hamhuis to Stars: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis reportedly signed with the Dallas Stars on Friday after coming to terms on a two-year, $7.5 million contract. John Shannon of Sportsnet provided the details of the agreement, and Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press confirmed the report. Hamhuis is coming off the worst offensive season of his career. Show More Summary

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