Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency (The Associated Press)

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed a multiyear deal with Detroit, Andrej Sekera signed a $33 million, six-year contract with Edmonton, Paul Martin inked a $19.4 million, four-year deal with San Jose and Francois Beauchemin got a three-year deal with Colorado.

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Capitals lose Green, add Williams on 1st day of free agency (The Associated Press)

The Washington Capitals were busy on the opening day of NHL free agency on Wednesday. The right winger won the Stanley Cup once with the Carolina Hurricanes and twice with the Los Angeles Kings and took the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 2014. The 33-year-old had 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 81 games with the Kings last season.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on July 2, 2015 at 12:08 am

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Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school (The Associated Press)

Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career. Eichel, the 18-year-old center selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years of college hockey. ''I couldn't be more excited about it,'' Eichel said during his introductory press conference at First Niagara Center.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on July 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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Flyers sign backup goaltender Neuvirth to multiyear deal (The Associated Press)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a multiyear contract.

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Islanders sign 3 players, Hickey, Greiss, Petrov (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Thomas Hickey, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forward Kirill Petrov.

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The smaller names of NHL unrestricted free agency, Hour 1 (Puck Daddy)

We’re keeping track of the big unrestricted free agent names here at Puck Daddy. But how are some of the smaller signings working out? Sometimes it's the little pieces that can help your team fill in the puzzle and push it to the Stanley Cup. Not everyone today is named Cody Franson or Matt Beleskey. Could one of these guys play a big role this season? Take a look at the players and their new (or same) teams.  Mark Letestu, C, Edmonton Oilers: Three years, $5.4M Nate Prosser, D, Minnesota Wild: Two years, $1.25M Blake Comeau, LW, Colorado Avalanche: Three years, $7.2M Matt Halischuk, RW, Winnipeg Jets: One year, $750,000 Thomas Greiss, G, New York Islanders: Two years, $3M Adam Pardy, D, Winnipg Jets: One year, $1M Patrick Eaves, RW, Dallas Stars: One year, $1.15M MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY  

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on July 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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NHL-National Hockey League roundup (Reuters)

June 30 (The Sports Xchange) - Two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks made a multi-player deal on Tuesday. The Blackhawks traded forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp, and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Saad, 22, posted career bests in goals (23), assists (29), points (52) and ice time (17:15) in 82 regular-season games for the Blackhawks last season. He was the team's third-leading goal scorer and finished fourth in points. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on June 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm

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Islanders sign Anders Lee to 4-year contract (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Islanders have signed forward Anders Lee to a four-year contract.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on June 30, 2015 at 5:47 pm

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NHL teams more cautious going into free agency (The Associated Press)

''It's not a great group,'' Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said recently. Options are out there, such as center Antoine Vermette, wingers Matt Beleskey and Justin Williams, defensemen Mike Green and Christian Ehrhoff and goaltender Karri Ramo. ''You can't grab four or five guys every year and try to be successful,'' Hextall said.

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2015 NHL UFA Tracker: Free agents on the move (Yahoo Sports)

Follow the NHL's free-agent frenzy on July 1 with this listing of players who have signed new contracts for the 2015-16 season and beyond.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on June 30, 2015 at 4:13 pm

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