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01-18-2009, 10:33 AM
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Your basic premise is faulty - if every team had an equal opportunity to sign free agents then the Habs wouldn't have to beg and overpay for the ones they have signed over the past few years. A significant issue is taxation - Some US markets allow the players to take home 15-25% more in take home pay than in Montreal.

And then there is the media pressure, language issues ............

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