A team at the crossroads
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10-27-2003, 11:08 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Motel 35
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Yes thats it. Tank the season so we might get Ovechkin. I'm sure the 15,000 people who bought season tickets will love that.
normally, tanking a season would never be excused by the fans or ownership but this is a special case. Cal Nichols has allready said that there won't be an oiler team if the next cba doesn't allow them to compete. There are two possible scenarios
1 the new cba gives cost certainty and the oilers can compete - the oilers enter the season with a re-newed optimism in spite of a poor 2003-4 season with many great young players/prospects
2 the new cba caves to the players - the oilers enter the season up for sale and shedding all salaries just like pittsburgh
In both cases, season ticket sales will not be dependant on the success of this year's oilers. If the oilers trade away some veterans and the new cba allows them to compete, they may have some extra cash to go after some players because they will certainly be under the cap.
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