Under general manager Mike Smith, the Blackhawks have restocked their system with better prospects since 2000.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson held true on his vow to get all of the team's restricted free agents signed before camp.
The biggest names got their money, but not enough seems to be left for the remaining free agents on the market.
NHL teams have obvious needs but are waiting longer to fill them in the hope of getting a bargain or two.
For players who don't choose arbitration, they risk extending contract disputes through training camp or into the season.
Many free agents are willing to play in Toronto, but the Leafs aren't prepared to make offers to any.
The Mighty Ducks are allowing Paul Kariya, the biggest star in the team's history, to shop the open market.
The next weeks promise to be hectic for the Red Wings as they try to re-sign free agents and bring back Dominik Hasek.
With the end of the collective bargaining agreement coming next summer, clubs don't want to add more rich contracts.
Players looking for offers around the NHL will find increasing competition among their union brothers this summer.
When it comes to running an NHL team, nobody has been better over the past 15 years than Lou Lamoriello.
Los Angeles is trying to keep star forward Ziggy Palffy from becoming a free agent July 1.
Chris Chelios will be a free agent come July, and the 42-year-old doesn't think it's time to quit.
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