...no, really. Where the Leafs are being run by a management which is making bad decision after bad decision in pursuit of that magic bullet that will make everything good again, Ottawa is being run by a management (which may be hobbled by ownership) which is making bad decision after bad decision in pursuit of... what? A cheaper hockey team? I really don't know any more.
You can't look at the Michalek resigning and talk about cost containment, that contract just doesn't make any sense.
And Spezza? I don't even understand what the Spezza trade was all about, at least from Ottawa's point of view. Sure, Spezza is a hockey player and therefore wants a chance to, you know, win... something that isn't going to happen any time soon in Ottawa. But Spezza proved after the trade deadline what he is capable of if given competant team mates. I guess Ottawa decided to just trade him before they totally killed his value by having him play with third-liners for the rest of this year.
But, cheap cheap cheap, that's the theme here, and by that measure Ottawa certainly came out ahead. They sure won't come out ahead on the ice... much like the Leafs.