• BC-HKN--Free Agency, ADVISORY

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    To help you with planning for the NHL free agency opening July 1, here are some of our coverage plans. Please direct questions to Dave Zelio (dzelio@ap.org). Plans subject to change. All times Eastern.

    HKN--FREE AGENCY-PLAYERS TO WATCH

    Three Columbus Blue Jackets players _winger Artemi Panarin, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and center Matt Duchene_ are among the top players available when NHL free agency opens on July 1. They are joined by recently bought out defenseman Dion Phaneuf and forward Corey Perry as some of the free agents to watch. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 600 words, photos June 27.

    HKN--FREE AGENCY-STAYING PUT

    Erik Karlsson, Alexander Edler and Kevin Hayes all could have probably cashed in on bigger contracts in NHL free agency. Staying put has its benefits, too, and even the likes of Braydon Coburn and Carl Hagelin decided it was smarter not to test the market. The result is a weaker free agent class but more certainty for teams before they go shopping July 1. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 750 words, photos June 26.

    HKN--NHL FREE AGENCY

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Though Mark Stone and Jeff Skinner are off the market, NHL general managers are bracing for a spending spree given the high-profile players, such as Matt Duchene and Artemi Panarin, eligible to hit the free agent market July 1. By Hockey Writer John Wawrow. SENT: 750 words, photos June 24.

    HKN--SALARY CAP

    NHL general managers say there is more trade discussion right now than at almost any point in their careers. A big reason for that is how many teams have salary-cap space they can use to get better and how many need to clear room and are willing to give something up to do it. It could spark a crazy spate of trades. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, file photos June 19.

    HKN--OFFSEASON PRIMER

    Erik Karlsson re-signing long term with the Sharks takes the biggest fish out of the unrestricted free agent market and could have a domino effect on the rest of the NHL. Salary-cap crunches in San Jose and Washington could open up some opportunities for other teams in free agency, and some big-money organizations are expected to be active in trade talk and signings in the coming weeks. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 800 words, photos June 18.

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