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NHL teams turn focus to free agents after draft

Photo: The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck

FILE - In this April 14, 2014 file photo, Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler listens during an end of season news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Anaheim Ducks have acquired Kesler from the Canucks in a trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) NHL teams are about to go shopping, and they will have less money to spend than they might have thought just a few days ago.

After a weekend in which 210 players were drafted, clubs will have more decisions to make, and they don't have lots of time to do it. Free agency begins in earnest Tuesday, and any needs that weren't addressed during the two-day draft - either in picks or trades - will have to be taken care of on the open market.

The ceiling for next season's salary cap was set Friday at $69 million - up from $64.3 million. That number is a million or two lower than some projections had it after a year of record revenues.

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