Contraction a necessary evil for survival of NHL says economist
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12-04-2012, 07:27 AM
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frankly canadians teams don't get players because of what Dukla and sandy are talking about, the pressure.
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Winnipeg won't get top free agents without overpaying the overpayment because they're not in the eastern time zone. Vancouver can get guys that were born in BC and want to play close to home, Calgary has to give NMC's/NTC's to anyone and everyone who signs there, Edmonton will just never be a destination for top free agents unless they come up with more money than anyone else, and Winnipeg is in the same situation.
That leaves Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. Montreal is a different animal, since it seems to also have a language issue to deal with, in addition to the pressure. Ottawa has never really been a big spender. Toronto was a big spender, and they still spend a lot, but it looks like their talent evaluation has been poor. I've read a few times that Burke has been against, and doesn't like, giving out the long contracts either, which is fine, but standing on principle sometimes has its consequences.
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