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11-26-2004, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by thinkwild
Ottawa is by no means without struggles. We are a small market, and things will always be a challenge for us. We knew that when we got a team, what an uphill struggle it would be in a solid habs-leafs market, and all the doubters who would have to be overcome.

But we dont need the right to spend like Toronto or the Rangers. We just need to have a way to do it our way. And we do. Thanks Gary and Bob for last time. Make sure this is your focus when you do it again. You cant make us equal with Toronto. We will never be financially competitive with the Leafs. Right now, we dont need to be.
The thing is, the guy that bought the Sens is a billionaire who loves hockey and is intersted in winning. If the team had have been purchased by someone who was really concerned with the bottom line, then the Sens would certainly going in a different direction. It's not so much that they need to spend like the the Leafs or the Rangers, but the fact is they are very much effected by how the Leafs and Rangers spend... as is the rest of the league.

Hossa, Alfredson, Chara, Redden, Philips, et al are all players that in the very near future will be at the top percentile in earning. If New York can't drive up prices, then there is a very good chance that a fair number of these players will stay playing for the Sens. If not, most would be gone in a couple of years.... under the spending conscious management you were talking about.

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