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NHL free agency a reversal of fortune

Updated: August 8, 2005, 3:36 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

In Edmonton, Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe got a little choked up when he swung the deal for elite defenseman Chris Pronger.

In Toronto, the media has used the term "choke" in a much less complimentary fashion when assessing the work of Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson during the free-agent blizzard of the last week.

Welcome to the new world order, NHL style.

As frantic and topsy-turvy as many expected this first free-agency period under the new collective bargaining agreement ...

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