Free agency's early winners and losers

Updated: July 12, 2006, 10:17 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

This is reminiscent of Christmas morning, standing knee-deep in crumpled wrapping paper, boxes torn asunder, ribbons in the hair or behind the dog's ears and the overwhelming feeling of … that's it?

This is how NHL general managers must feel when they survey the free-agency landscape. Less than three days into the free-agency period and almost every top player was gone, swooped up in an orgy of spending that makes one wonder what the heck the lockout was for.

Of course, ...

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