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High-end talent hits the market Monday

This year's crop of unrestricted free agents will be fetching plenty of bucks on the open market.

Updated: June 28, 2002, 12:58 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Gentlemen, start your cell phones!

That will be the battle cry for many of the NHL's general managers when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, July 1. To the second, that's when league's free agents hit the open market.

Monster names like Calgary's Jarome Iginla, Montreal's Jose Theodore and Anaheim's Paul Kariya float at the top of the restricted (Group II) free-agent pool. But, because teams have the right to match any offer received by one of their restricted free agents -- or ...

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