Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/14/05 at 09:51 AM ET
For years, the disparity among NHL teams has been framed in financial terms. The rich -- Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Dallas -- were profligate spenders. The poor -- Edmonton and Buffalo come to mind -- were unable to compete because of the size of their markets and the economics of the game. Stop me if you've heard this before. NEW LANDSCAPE The new CBA was supposed to be about changing all that, at least in theory. This month's free-agent spending spree, now slowing to a trickle, offered a revealing look at the new landscape and gave the first glimpse at whether the new CBA is workable. So far so good. Some little teams brandished their newfound clout. Happily, they were Canadian, where the Edmonton Oilers acquired stalwart defenceman Chris Pronger from St. Louis and signed him to an long-term deal. The Oilers got Mike Peca from the New York Islanders to boot. The Calgary Flames, meanwhile, picked off Darren McCarty from Detroit and landed Tony Amonte, liberated by Philadelphia via the one-time buy-out.
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