Memo to owners: The cap is what you wanted; make it work

Updated: July 6, 2008, 8:52 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

We must admit we find all the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the media and fans over the amount of money spent during the first days of free agency a bit confusing.

We're pretty sure Chicago GM Dale Tallon did not knock down some old woman at the Billy Goat Tavern and pull $56.8 million out of her handbag to pay Brian Campbell to come and play defense for the Blackhawks.

Nor did Cliff Fletcher panhandle on the sidewalk outside the Air Canada Centre to raise ...

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