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Teams seek equity on score sheet and balance sheet

Originally Published: May 10, 2004
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

With the Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning playing in the conference finals, convincing the NHL fan that a salary cap is needed to fix competitive balance is becoming a more difficult task for the league and its teams.

League officials have long contended that some form of cost containment is in the best interest of fans, as it would enable smaller-revenue teams to better compete with larger-revenue teams for the Stanley Cup. And while a recent poll on the NHL's collective ...

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