Looks like Al Strachan's been reading the blogs:
Alberta's Crying Shame: Flames, Oilers shouldn't need special treatment
Unfortunately, anyone who suggests that the Flames and Oilers should be a little more self-sufficient encounters a barrage of ad hominem arguments.
Where is the kind of independence that made Alberta what it is today? Where is the determination and self-sufficiency that is legendary among Albertans, the heritage of which they are justifiably so proud?
Tom Benjamin: "Where was he three years ago when this argument might have made a difference? None of this matters at his stage of the game. That the NHL used Edmonton and Calgary to drive the NHL into a toxic dump is now irrelevant."
I think the word "used" fits perfectly.