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NHL teams likely to target specific needs during free agency with few big-name players available

NHL teams likely to target specific needs during free agency with few big-name players available

The NHL’s annual exercise in overspending, also known as free agency, will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday. The list of unrestricted free agents available is led by Jaromir Jagr and Joe Thornton, two of the NHL’s top 25 all-time scorers, but the trend toward youth and speed means they won’t skate off as the day’s biggest winners.

The modest bump in the salary cap from $73 million to $75 million for 2017-18 might restrain a market that tends to overpay when given a chance. The lack of premier players in their prime also might result in signings made for specific strategic needs.

One of those targeted moves likely will be made by the Ducks, who have shown interest in...

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