With the Blue Jackets facing a seemingly difficult negotiation with restricted free agent forward Ryan Johansen, they'll have to weigh risks and rewards of a short-term bridge deal.
It appears that the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O'Reilly will take their contract negotiations to salary arbitration in two weeks as talks have stalled.
The Islanders signed pals Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts on Wednesday.
Led by Thomas Vanek, the free-agent market for forwards is an interesting one.
The Florida Panthers selected defenseman Aaron Ekblad with the first overall pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
What should the Panthers do with the first overall draft pick this year? They could take strong defenseman Aaron Ekblad, or a top forward, or try and trade the pick for a high-value package in return.
The Islanders agreed to sign goalie Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal worth a reported $18 million to help solve their woes in net.
It was a rough season for the teams in English-speaking Canada, none of them are going to the postseason. They headline the list of most disappointing teams and players of 2013-14.
Sam Bennett is the No. 1 North American skater for the NHL Entry Draft according to the league's Central Scouting services. Aaron Ekblad is No. 2 and Sam Reinhart comes in at No. 3.
After trading for Thomas Vanek in October, the Islanders sent a conditional first-round pick to the Sabres. They'll have to decide whether or not to keep in 2014 or hold onto their 2015 first-rounder.

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