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5hScott Burnside

Stamkos, Weber arrivals tip power for the East

Steven Stamkos is staying. Shea Weber and Taylor Hall are arriving. Within 30 minutes on a wild Wednesday, the Eastern Conference just tilted the balance of power slightly in its favor.

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9hMatthew 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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2dPierre 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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Hockey Today: Draft reaction, free agency, more

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun share their takes on the NHL draft, recent trades and what may happen in free agency. Plus, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and Blues scout Keith Tkachuk stop by.

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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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4dCorey Pronman

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.

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2016 NHL draft tracker

Who did your team select in the NHL draft? What about their biggest rivals? Check out every pick made over seven rounds and two days.

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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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5dScott 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."

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Photos: NHL awards from Las Vegas

The NHL awards can be large on cheese and short on teeth, the perfect combination for Las Vegas! So what better way to tell the story than through photos? Behold.


How the NHL can make it work in Las Vegas

Building an actual team will only be part of the equation for the league's newest franchise. Players and staff must also create a connection with the community.

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This is what we'd call the Las Vegas team

With Las Vegas now seemingly in line for an expansion team, here's a look at the suggested nicknames and logos the ESPN.com team came up with for a team in the desert.

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NHL logos redesigned with Vegas flair

Las Vegas and the NHL have been in the news a lot lately -- with the promise of more to come. So it got us thinking: What would today's team logos look like with a Vegas theme?

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7dTal Pinchevsky

Our Las Vegas expansion franchise roster

If Vegas were to get a team today, the expansion pool would be fairly good for defensemen and goalies, but for forwards ... not so much. We drafted a team anyway.


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Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo and a fourth team got to make pitches in person to Stamkos this week. Detroit not one of them.

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Stamkos breakdown: $9.5 M per season first 5 years; then $7.5 M, $6.5 M and $6.5 M. ($1M a year in salary, rest is all signing bonuses)

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Salaries next two seasons. $ next 6 years: Shea Weber- 12 million, 12 million. 48 million PK Subban - 11 million, 11 million. 58 million