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First Test of the CBA

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
By advancing to the Stanley Cup final in their most recent season, the Flames stirred hope among their fans. Their leader in what became a thrilling post-season -- and might have become a Stanley Cup season had an apparent Game 6 goal been allowed to stand -- was their captain, Jarome Iginla. Without Iginla, any hope the Flames might have for another run at the Cup is tenuous as best. But under the terms of the new CBA, Iginla has to play only one more season before becoming an unconditional free agent. At the moment, he's a conditional free agent, not under contract to the Flames, but unlikely to go anywhere else. So the Flames, whose CEO, Harley Hotchkiss, is the chairman of the National Hockey League board of governors, and was one of the key architects of the strategy that shut down hockey for a full season, now face a dilemma. They have with the onerous task of trying to make the newly crafted CBA do what Hotchkiss insisted it would do -- level the playing field for the small-market teams. The Flames must first of all decide whether Iginla is in their long-range plans. If he isn't, then they simply go through the motions, pay him the least they can get away with in the upcoming season, and let him go to the team of his choice in the following year.


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