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07-05-2006, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by toshiro View Post
Many times it is assumed that Montreal would be a poor place to live and play. IMHO Vancouver, San Jose and Tampa are the nicest. Montreal ranks up there. Detroit seems to keep its players and next to cleveland is the armpit of America.
How nice Montreal is has nothing to do with their ability to attract players. Montreal, like many Canadian cities (except worse, I think), has an atrociously high income tax for higher incomes. Many states in the U.S. (particularly Republican ones) have much lower income tax rates for athletes and higher incomes, or have none at all. When you sign for $10 million in Montreal, you're only going to see 5 of it in the end.

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