Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/4/12

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 28: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on November 28, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The NHL's free agent frenzy has rolled on as usual this summer. Some 78 new contracts had been handed out in the first three days since the signing period began on July 1, and the biggest deals have not even gone down with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter still weighing multiple offers higher than the GNPs of some small countries. On the surface, it's business as usual in the NHL for this time of year. But this is no ordinary year, and the business concerns are more pressing than ever. The league's collective bargaining agreement is set to expire on...
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