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NHL offseason a buyers' market

Updated: June 27, 2003, 11:21 AM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Already expected to be a tight market for free agents because of the poor economy and a looming labor dispute in the NHL, players looking for offers around the league will find increasing competition among their union brothers this summer.

Besides the uncertainty facing players due to become unrestricted free agents Tuesday, they'll be joined by a substantial number of players who weren't given qualifying offers by their teams. Without qualifying offers, some players who were due to be restricted free agents will become unrestricted, creating perhaps a record number of players free to shop for work.

But judging by the posturing of most teams trying to cut costs, it will be a buyers' market.

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