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Teams look dramatically different on Day 1

Updated: July 2, 2007, 2:09 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

If you hockey fans were looking for some wild spending reminiscent of the good ol' pre-lockout days, the opening day of free agency didn't disappoint.

The big-market teams, flush with an extra $6 million in cap space thanks to the new upper limit, were rockin' and rollin' on the first day of July. The Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche, Wings and Maple Leafs, as well as the champion Ducks, all made big-money pickups.

The way the dollars were flying around, you couldn't help wondering: Why ...

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