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Teams, players brace for cloudy market

Updated: August 1, 2005, 12:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

At noon ET Monday, an imaginary starter's gun sounded and the National Hockey League's general managers donned blindfolds and began their journey across the foreign terrain of the free-agent playing field.

Some will sprint from the starting blocks. Others will move tentatively.

Some will stumble or fall. Some will step in something unpleasant along the way. The luckiest or smartest, or some combination of both, will complete this journey having built a playoff contender or even ...

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