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10-05-2003, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Oilers89
They payroll from what I heard should be close to 40M, hardly small market.
Yes, that's now. We are attempting (albiet perhaps futily) to push for a Cup.

Before this year, our payroll was $32 million. Year before that, $29 million. Year before that even less.

This team was very close to moving 3 years ago. Our fanbase are 60% bandwagoners, 35% hardcore fans, 5% body fat. We do not have the long-term fans the Oilers do, and while the owner may have more money, he has the team for sale at the moment.

To think the Canucks are a big-market team isn't the case. Yes, we are spending more money now, but so are a couple other teams that are a bit closer too (Ottawa is at $37 million last I heard, and they haven't resigned Havlat).

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