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07-04-2006, 06:27 PM
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Chet-Nick
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Montreal and free agents (Gazette article)

Pat Hickey right is on the money. Between the tabloid styled French media along with separatist politicians and columnists. These people have alienated their province (and the Canadiens) for the sake of ardent nationalism. If you have any doubts. Read the article below. Quite factual.

Luring players proves tough for Canadiens

PAT HICKEY
The Gazette
Tuesday, July 04, 2006

When Bob Gainey delivered his post-mortem after the Canadiens were bounced from the playoffs, he talked about selling free agents on the benefits of playing in Montreal.

After three days of what appear to be unproductive negotiations, the quick assessment would be that Gainey isn't a very good salesman.

But it might just be that, assuming the Canadiens have been in the ballpark during what appears to be a return to boom times for the players, the cons of playing in Montreal far outweigh the pros.

We're all aware of the cons. High taxes, political uncertainty, the language question and English schools, which are closed to some. This year, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was questioned about his reluctance to speak French. It would be easy to dismiss the resultant media flap as the work of zealots, but the question of language is never far from the minds of many Quebecers.....




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