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Negotiating cannot begin until noon ET on Monday

Updated: August 1, 2005, 8:47 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NHL said Saturday that it has decided to move the deadline for the official start of the free-agency period from midnight ET on Sunday to noon ET on Monday.

Teams and agents are prohibited from negotiating until that time.

Said one top agent: "There's no point in having to wake up a player in the middle of the night to do a deal."

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, there are hundreds of players without contracts, some who have been bought out, some who haven't ...

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