"It's a business," Sopel said. "With the salary cap issues, it's pretty tough. That's what we all fell victim to. It's part of the job. But I'm excited to be in Atlanta. It reminds me of the Chicago team three years ago when I got there. Some young kids, great talent, great kids looking to learn, looking to get better, looking to win."
"They definitely got in not the traditional way, but at the end of the day they got in," said Montreal defenseman Brent Sopel, a member of the Blackhawks last season. "It doesn't matter how you get in. Good for them. Now you've got 16 great teams that are battling, and it's anybody's ballgame."