Agenda heats up, beginning with buyouts

Updated: July 19, 2005, 2:13 AM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

Once the NHL and the NHL Players' Association ratify their new collective bargaining agreement, which is expected to happen Friday, the agenda will heat up dramatically for club executives.

According to multiple team sources, there will be several deadlines for franchises to meet in the days after the ratification leading up to the July 30 draft and the opening of the free agent market on Aug. 1.

The first date of note is July 23, when a six-day window begins for clubs to initiate ...

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