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Teams left empty, others empty-handed at deadline

In the NHL, even the trade deadline turns in a record-setting performance.

Updated: March 12, 2003, 5:36 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

You laughed at all the rumors. You thought nothing would really happen at the trade deadline. You believed your local general manager, who told you he wouldn't be dumping salary.

You won't do that again.

As it turned out, the 2003 trade deadline was the busiest in league history, with 24 trades involving 46 players (and countless draft picks). In the 48 hours before the deadline, every single NHL club made at least one deal. The Wild were the last holdout to chime-in, dealing minor-league ...

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