Adam Proteau from THN talks about the Leafs, and the Lockout
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12-07-2012, 01:47 PM
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Toronto, On
Lots of people would prefer to work close to their family, friends and the place they call home. But it is not quite that black and white. I doubt very much your family asks to come watch you work.
That is another factor, being a hockey player in a Canadian market is one of the highest forms of celebrity, Toronto and Montreal especially. Not only are there huge endorsement bucks to be had but the respect and adoration of the fans. It should be remembered when Clark got traded it cost him 6mil a year in endorsements. Considering that was ages ago what would Stamkos make ? 10-20 Mil ?
Stamkos if he became a Leaf would have to register as a religion because you can be sure Temples and shrines would be built. In Tampa he is behind football players, baseball players and is in a foriegn country.
This is not to say he might not prefer Tampa. Maybe his wife likes there (if he has one ?) , maybe his parents moved there, maybe he considers it home. He may not want the spotlight and pressure that would come with being a Leaf, only he really knows.
I think most players would like to one day play for their hometown team, but that is just one of numerous considerations they have to make for their career, their families and themselves.
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