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12-14-2012, 08:21 PM
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Would Geoff Molson really have the pockets necessary to run the Habs at a lower profit?

Their annual profit is ~50 million dollars at a full salary cap (I think that doesn't include the bell center), and maybe he could lower that somewhat and still be fine, but he still has taxes to pay for (unlike most NHL teams) and still has to pay back the interest and principal on the 300 million dollar loan he took out to buy the team.

I'm sure the Rangers and the Leafs could go to a 100 million dollar payroll, but I'm not sure the Habs could.

I wonder if we would see the same system as in European soccer, where the best club teams are vastly superior to the best national teams. For example, the Spanish team that dominated a few years ago was just the club team FC Barcelone but WITHOUT lionel messi.

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