Burnside: No more excuses

The new financial landscape in the NHL means GMs can't cry poverty anymore, because more teams are in the same boat.

Updated: July 15, 2005, 9:09 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

It's been a rite of spring for much of the past decade. The Edmonton Oilers scratch and claw and sneak into the NHL playoffs at the last possible moment, sending shivers of excitement through Oilerdom.

The onetime dynasty plays a handful of gripping games against the deep-pocketed Dallas Stars, losing in overtime, dropping a heartbreaker on a late goal, maybe sneaking in an overtime win. And in a week, the Oilers' season is over.

Fans are quietly disappointed in that uniquely Canadian ...

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