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Flooded market leaves players waiting by the phone

Updated: July 2, 2004, 4:29 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

To the best of anyone's knowledge, no NHL player woke up Thursday morning with an NHL owner at his door.

Don't laugh. It's happened before. Team owners, or their minions, have hit the road in corporate jets and company limos to be on the doorsteps of coveted the moment the clock strikes midnight, opening the free-agent signing period.

But that was then. This is now.

With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on Sept. 15 and the league's economic future a virtual ...

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