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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The 2005 NHL Entry Draft may have been Draft Light, trimmed from nine rounds to seven and held in a hotel ballroom instead of an NHL arena, but it didn't lack for drama, rumor and intrigue. Here's a look at some of the buzz surrounding the draft weekend and what lies ahead with the deadline for making qualifying offers to restricted free agents Sunday afternoon and the opening of the free agent market Monday afternoon. • One event that took place this weekend in Toronto may turn out to be among the most significant events of the offseason. A handful of coaches, general managers, players, on-ice officials and league officials met late last week to start fine-tuning how the rule changes are going to work. Crucial among them is the new enforcement of obstruction and stick fouls, especially in the neutral and defensive zones. Said one participant, if a player even raises his stick in a way that looks as if he's going to try and slow down an opponent, he'll be called for obstruction. The key, he said, will be in taking the momentum from the session and transferring it to training camps and then into the regular season.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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