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Draft the calm before free-agency storm

Updated: July 30, 2005, 10:25 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

OTTAWA -- The 2005 NHL Entry Draft may have been Draft Light, trimmed from nine rounds to seven and held in a hotel ballroom instead of an NHL arena, but it didn't lack for drama, rumor and intrigue.

Here's a look at some of the buzz surrounding the draft weekend and what lies ahead with the deadline for making qualifying offers to restricted free agents Sunday afternoon and the opening of the free agent market Monday afternoon.

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