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02-10-2005, 09:38 PM
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A business is a business is a business. If a business (an individual team) is losing millions of dollars a year because there is no demand for its product in its market, then its owners shouldn't be in the business. They shouldn't be looking to limit the operations of successful businesses and their abilities to improve their product.

That said, I think small market teams can survive and compete in a league without a salary cap, and that winning isn't dependent on spending lots of money. New Jersey (1995) Florida, Calgary, Buffalo, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Anaheim have all proven during the life of the last CBA that small budget teams can make it to the finals and win in some cases. The New York Rangers prove that spending money doesn't guarantee Cup wins.

I refuse to believe for a second that any team has lost money on a regular basis over the past several seasons. The Edmonton Oilers, for example, have been crying poor since the late '80's and threatening to move. They've been selling off their stars since that time, and that was when the average NHL payroll was probably somewhere around $5 million. Yet somehow they will be alright in a league with a salary cap of $30-$44 while paying in the exact same facility? Hmmmm...

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