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  • Eric Staal says ‘significant minutes’ drew him to Minnesota Wild

    Eric Staal did not have a good year. The Carolina Hurricanes captain had his lowest points per game average since his rookie year at 0.47, which was a byproduct of his disastrous stint with the New York Rangers in which he had six points in 20 games. After the season, Staal faced unrestricted free…

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  • Bruins sign Torey Krug, make bad buyout with Seidenberg

    The Boston Bruins said goodbye to Dennis Seidenberg and extended restricted free agent Torey Krug on Thursday. First, on Seidenberg: Considering the week Peter Chiarelli is having, it’s unfortunate we have to pile on with ghosts of general managing past, but here we are. The Boston Bruins bought…

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  • Flyers to sign RW Dale Weise, according to Flyer Michael Del Zotto

    Is Ryan White being pushed out the door? That could be the case with Friday’s free-agent signing of depth winger Dale Weise by the Flyers. He reportedly agreed to a multi-year contract. TSN's Bob McKenzie first reported the sides were close, and early Friday afternoon Flyers defenseman Michael Del…

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  • AP Source: Sabres sign free-agent Okposo to 7-year contract

    Once Lightning captain Steven Stamkos took himself off the free-agent market, the Buffalo Sabres turned to Plan B: Kyle Okposo. The Sabres signed the former New York Islanders forward to a seven-year, $42 million contract in one of the first deals completed after the NHL's signing period opened on…

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  • David Backes with emotional, frustrating farewell to St. Louis Blues

    Such is the case with David Backes and the St. Louis Blues. Backes was a career player for the Blues, through 727 games and 49 more in the postseason. Backes signed with the Boston Bruins for five years and $30 million on Friday.

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    Milan Lucic gets huge deal from Edmonton

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy discuss the fit Milan Lucic will have amongst the young core for the Oilers.

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  • Nashville bad for P.K. Subban’s brand, says marketing guy

    P.K. Subban is now a member of the Nashville Predators, and the positive fallout of that move is palpable. While also being one of the single popular players in the NHL whose every move will still be covered by Canadian media because of that popularity.

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  • Huge If True: Boston and giant tease of NHL offer sheets

    Indeed, you need to consider the league-wide economic impact of even extending an offer sheet big enough to both be worth it for the team and lure the player. The reason all this comes up is, of course, this week’s sexy rumor that the Bruins are preparing a huge offer sheet for Jets defenseman…

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  • LA Kings sign free agents Gilbert, Zatkoff, Latta, Trotman

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Goalie Jeff Zatkoff, forward Michael Latta and defensemen Tom Gilbert and Zach Trotman have signed with the Los Angeles Kings.

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  • Brian Campbell returning to Blackhawks: Report

    The Chicago Blackhawks were done after one round last season partially because their defense was exposed.

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  • Coyotes sign forward Jamie McGinn to a 3-year deal

    Jamie McGinn visited the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday and knew they would be a good fit right away. Not only was he picked up at the airport by general manager John Chayka and coach Dave Tippett, the team had a welcome sign for him at Gila River Arena and a stall made up with his jerseys. ''They…

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  • Rangers sign free agents Gerbe, Grabner, Clendening

    The New York Rangers have signed free agent forwards Michael Grabner and Nathan Gerbe and defensemen Adam Clendening and Michael Paliotta. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings Friday as the Rangers used the opening day of free agency to improve their team speed and penalty killing and…

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  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford gets new deal after title season

    When Jim Rutherford arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014, he figured he'd be around two or three years tops. The Penguins signed Rutherford to a new three-year contract Friday just two weeks removed from the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup, one that had Rutherford's fingerprints all over it.…

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  • Puck Soup Podcast: Keith Olbermann and breaking down Subban, Hall, Stamkos

    PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast…

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  • Islanders sign Ladd, Chimera; lose Nielsen, Okposo

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Islanders moved quickly at the start of NHL free agency, signing forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera but losing longtime stars Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo.

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    Kyle Okposo lands in Buffalo

    Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski and Sean Leahy break down Kyle Okposo not moving very far away after signing with the Sabres.

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  • David Backes signs with Bruins in NHL free-agent surprise

    David Backes has carved out a reputation in the NHL over the last 10 seasons with the St. Louis Blues as a rugged, blue-collar player. Backes played 79 games with the Blues last season, scoring 21 goals and 24 assists. Backes has been a Selke Trophy finalist and finished fourth in the voting twice.

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  • Aaron Ekblad, Panthers agree on massive 8-year extension

    Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad is entering the last year of his rookie deal, with a Calder Trophy to his credit and having established himself as a franchise player. According to Jimmy Murphy of Dirty Water Media and confirmed by George Richards of the Miami Herald, Ekblad will sign an…

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  • Victor Hedman hopes contract keeps Lightning together

    Defenseman Victor Hedman probably could have made more money on the open market if he hit unrestricted free agency in the summer. The 25-year-old Hedman, who has one year left on a contract paying him $4 million, is one of the top all-around defenseman in the NHL – an imposing blend of size, speed…

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  • Sharks sign free agent F Mikkel Boedker, D David Schlemko

    The San Jose Sharks wasted little time adding some needed speed to a roster that sometimes looked a step slow in the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks opened free agency on Friday by signing fleet winger Mikkel Boedker to a four-year deal worth a reported $16 million and puck-moving defenseman David…

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