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09-04-2004, 07:26 PM
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Really? Having a high priced team that consistently misses the playoffs is best for business in New York?

Wouldn't they be in a better place in terms of business if they had a cheaper younger team like Tampa or Calgary or San Jose or Ottawa?

Under the current CBA, the teams that Ottawa, Tampa, San Jose, and Calgary have put together won't remain cheap forever. The different between a New York and Tampa having the same team (lets use the 04 Tampa cup team as an example), is quite huge.

Tampa wins cup. Cory Stillman's contract is up. Tampa loses Stillman and replaces him with Prospal. New York keeps Stillman. New York also can afford to sign Khabi, St. Louis, Lecavaliar, Richards, Sydor, etc when they reach UFA age to long term deals. Therefore creating a dynasty or very competetive team for years.

Lets face it, Ottawa isn't going to have Havlat, Hossa, Chara, Redden, Spezza, etc forever. New York could afford that.

Still I think the CBA is very fair. Competition is much more close than any other sports league.

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