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Free agency's winners and losers

Updated: August 10, 2005, 1:04 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

If there is a new mantra for teams in the retooled NHL, it is one borrowed from the Jurassic period: Evolve or die.

From buyouts to the entry draft to the opening of the wildest free-agency period in the history of the NHL, teams have been laid bare, forced from the shadows of checkbook-dominated team-building.

Some teams were ready and seized the moment; others provided a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing, while still others seemed paralyzed by the entire proceedings.

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