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Economics Comes Into Play

from Eric Duhatshcek of the Globe and Mail,
There are layers and nuances to every deal in the new National Hockey League and nowhere was that more apparent than in the Calgary Flames' acquisition of Alex Tanguay Saturday from their divisional rivals, the Colorado Avalanche. On the surface, it was an outright steal. The Flames filled an offensive void by acquiring one of the league's most reliable scorers of the past half-dozen years. To get Tanguay, they gave up a useful defensive defenceman in Jordan Leopold, but one with a concussion history that they had little trouble replacing when he was out this past season because of injury. So why would Colorado do the deal – and why would they do it with a team that they'll face eight times next season? Simple economics, of course.

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