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Blackhawks trade F Saad to Blue Jackets

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.

Right up until Tuesday afternoon.

With contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency, the Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.


'Canes waive Semin, plan contract buyout

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Alexander Semin's time with the Carolina Hurricanes is over.

The Hurricanes on Tuesday placed the enigmatic forward on unconditional waivers with the intent to buy out his hefty contract.


Flames give Hamilton $34.5M for 6 years

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Bruins general manager Don Sweeney didn't think Dougie Hamilton would have been "comfortable" signing long term in Boston.

The defenseman was more than comfortable to make that commitment in Calgary.


Sharks acquire G Jones from Bruins

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose's list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender.

As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him.


Ducks get D Bieksa from Canucks for pick

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When Bob Murray realized Tuesday that he probably couldn't re-sign defenseman Francois Beauchemin, the Anaheim Ducks' general manager moved swiftly to land a veteran replacement.

The Ducks acquired defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft, continuing their roster restocking while avoiding the hefty price tags of free agency.


Oilers' Gordon to Coyotes for Korpikoski

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Boyd Gordon never really wanted to leave Arizona, so the veteran forward is thrilled to be back in the desert.

The Coyotes filled a need at center on Tuesday, acquiring Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Lauri Korpikoski.


Islanders sign F Lee to 4-year contract

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

Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced the signing Tuesday.


Jets keep Stafford for 2 years, $8.7M

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Drew Stafford gave up long-term security to sign a new deal with the Winnipeg Jets.

Stafford signed an $8.7 million, two-year contract on the eve of free agency to remain in Winnipeg, where he's had success since a trade from the Buffalo Sabres.


Free agency class lacking big stars

(AP) -- Now a decade into the salary-cap era, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be.

And the 2015 unrestricted group is one of the weakest in recent memory.


Habs agree to 2-year deal with F Flynn

MONTREAL (AP) Forward Brian Flynn agreed to a $1.9 million, two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Flynn was acquired by Montreal from the Buffalo Sabres on March 2 for a fifth-round draft pick.

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