NHL Free Agency

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 28: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHL announces new expected salary cap figure; time to go crazy in free agency!

Michelle Bruton
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5 free agents the Senators can sign to get back to the playoffs

NHL Talking Points: Breaking down the Ottawa Senators’ week of chaos

Ottawa Senators trade Mike Hoffman, but future remains unclear

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 31: New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates off the ice during the second period of the National Hockey League Game between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders on March 31, 2018, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Top 10 NHL free agents to watch this offseason

Hunter Hodies
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals lifts the Stanley Cup after the Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Capitals won the series four games to one. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

It sure sounds like John Carlson wants to test NHL free agency

Michelle Bruton
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TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 20: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates his goal with teammate Mike Hoffman #68 against the Tampa Bay Lightning during second period at the Amalie Arena on December 20, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

A shadow over Senators: Karlsson, Hoffman, and a possible burner account

Simon Vacca
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GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck during the NHL game against the New York Islanders at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

5 offseason moves the Coyotes need to execute

Nick McAdam
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Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images

These are the 5 most likely NHL buyout candidates

Dave Stevenson
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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 07: Head coach Barry Trotz carries the Stanley Cup in celebration after his team defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game Five of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the T-Mobile Arena on June 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Barry Trotz wanting to stay with the Capitals isn’t all good news

Griffin Youngs
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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Gold medal winner Ilya Kovalchuk #71 of Olympic Athlete from Russia celebrates after defeating Germany 4-3 in overtime during the Men's Gold Medal Game on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 25, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

List of suitors for Ilya Kovalchuk is growing quickly

Brad Berreman
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PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 07: Phil Kessel #81 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Washington Capitals in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena on May 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Penguins finally shut down Kessel trade rumors

Joshua Axelrod
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OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 04: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders carries the puck hard around the net with Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators checking him closely during a game on November 4, 2010 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

NHL Talking Points: Ovi’s Cup, Daniel Alfredsson, Tavares rumors and more

Simon Vacca
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CALGARY, AB - APRIL 03: Arizona Coyotes Defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) and Arizona Coyotes Right Wing Zac Rinaldo (34) share a laugh before an NHL game where the Calgary Flames hosted the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday, April 3 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB. The Coyotes won the game 4-1. (Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is staying with his pack

Mackenzie Ingram
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ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 02: Edmonton Oilers Left Wing Milan Lucic (27) takes a breather during a NHL game between the Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers on April 2, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. The Wild Defeated the Oilers 3-0.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Milan Lucic wasn’t meant for the Edmonton Oilers

Nick McAdam
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OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 24: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on March 24, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHL Trade Rumors: Could Erik Karlsson and P.K. Subban be swapped?

Brad Berreman
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight speaks at a post game press conference after a 6-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center on March 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/NHLI via Getty Images)

3 possible candidates for New York Islanders’ head coaching vacancy

Brad Berreman
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Doug Weight of the New York Islanders looks on from the bench during his first game as head coach against the Dallas Stars as John Tavares #91 waits to enter the game at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2017 in Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

Snow, Weight out; Lamoriello at GM. Is that it for Tavares and the Islanders?

Simon Vacca
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(Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL and Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images) – image alterations performed by The Image Lab

5 best fits for John Tavares in NHL free agency

Luke Armstrong
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OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 06: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) prepares for a face-off during first period National Hockey League action between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators on January 6, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

5 best fits for Erik Karlsson in NHL free agency

Simon Vacca
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Russian SKA St. Petersburg winger, Ilya Kovalchuk leaves the ice a after pregame warm up on April 2, 2018 in Moscow.The former New Jersey Devils forward declared his intentions to return to the National Hockey League (NHL) after five seasons in Russia, as SKA St. Petersburg was eliminated from the Kontinental Hockey Leagues (KHL) playoffs. Ilya Kovalchuk reached his 35th birthday on April 15, which changed his status in the NHL and allowed him to negotiate and agree to terms with any NHL team as a free agent, local media reported. / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

NHL Talking Points: Leafs’ defensemen, Kovalchuk, Stanley Cup and more

Simon Vacca
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Toronto Maple Leafs and John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders battle for the puck during their game at the Barclays Center on October 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

25 top NHL free agents teams will be dying to sign in 2018

David Rouben
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QUEBEC CITY, QC - MAY 22: Gage Quinney #20 of the Kelowna Rockets moves the puck in Game One during the 2015 Memorial Cup against the Quebec Remparts at the Pepsi Coliseum on May 22, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Quebec Remparts defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4-3. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Vegas Golden Knights don’t look far for their newest player

Derek Grochowski
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GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25, 2018: Gold medalists, Olympic Athletes from Russia Bogdan Kiselevich, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Nikolai Prokhorkin (L-R) pose at a victory ceremony for the men's ice hockey event at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at Gangneung Hockey Centre. The Olympic Athletes from Russia won 4-3 in overtime. TASS (Photo by TASSTASS via Getty Images)

Don’t sleep on the Florida Panthers signing Bogdan Kiselevich

Nick McAdam
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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 21: Boston Bruins right wing Rick Nash (61) eyes a face off during Game 5 of the First Round for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 21, 2018, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 4-3. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins paid big for Rick Nash once; should they do it again?

Derek Grochowski
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Photos by Jeff Vinnick and Derek Leung/NHLI via Getty Images - Image alterations performed by The Image Lab

5 best fits for John Carlson in NHL free agency

Luke Armstrong
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TORONTO, ON - MARCH 28: James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Toronto Maple Leafs walks to the ice before playing the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre on March 28, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)

5 best fits for James van Riemsdyk in NHL free agency

Simon Vacca
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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 17: Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and center Jonathan Toews (19) during the third period during a game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild on December 17, 2017, at the United Center in Chicago, IL. Blackhawks won 4-1. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

5 free agents the Blackhawks can sign to get back to the playoffs

Griffin Youngs
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