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'Small-market syndrome' not to blame in Smyth deal

Updated: March 2, 2007, 7:41 PM ET
ESPN.com

AROUND THE RINK

By Scott Burnside, ESPN.com

One of the prevailing themes in the wake of the shocking trade of Ryan Smyth to Long Island, at least in Canada, was that, somehow, the collective bargaining agreement had failed small markets like Edmonton.

Now, hold on an oil-field second here.

Isn't Long Island one of those small markets? And Nashville, which nabbed Peter Forsberg? And Atlanta, which nabbed Keith Tkachuk? And San Jose, which added Bill Guerin?

Calgary, ...

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