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Things continue to bustle around the NHL as the Draft nears. Buyouts and big names are flying left and right, and free agent rumors are already lingering around water coolers. Check out today’s links to get a peek into what’s got the league and the Dallas Stars buzzing.

For the first time in his career, Vincent Lecavalier will not be a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The organization bought out his contract yesterday, making him an official free agent next week. In eight years with the Lightning, the center scored 237 goals and recorded 310 assists. He hit a career-high goals-scored in the 2006-2007 season with 52. So, with Dallas in desperate need of a strong center, could Lecavalier be an option?

Lecavalier isn’t the only name that’s intriguing Dallas fans, though, and while the draft sits at the forefront of hockey-lovers minds, free agency is just around the corner. And it’s not just Dallas checking out who’s floating around the free agent pool. Sportscasters and local journalists pitch in ideas for who teams around the league could be looking to invest in post-draft.

Dallas’ management heads have made it unquestionably clear that building teams for the future is the foundation of this new, up-and-coming organization. The franchise’s farm team based in Austin, the Texas Stars, announced it’s return for the 2014-2015 season, and will be kicking off the season with a touch of new flare.

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