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Buccigross: Enthusiasm plus uncertainty in July

Updated: August 3, 2005, 9:08 AM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

The hockey world is not used to this much activity in late July.

The season is a long one -- workouts start in August, training camps begin in September and the Cup is raised in mid-June. That leaves July as the only true month for relaxation. It's the time of year when overweight NHL players begin to shed pounds by switching from beer to vodka.

That all changed this summer with the most hectic July in NHL history. This means we are in for the loooongest year in NHL history. Hockey ...

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