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05-23-2013, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
The guys going to NYC go there because it's the big apple, that's it. Their results since winning the cup is pretty similar to ours actually, and their history isn't as rich as ours. Their city is one of the most popular in the world though, that's what is really attractive.

All I was saying is that it's not crazy to think the fanbase has an affect, good or bad, on where some players sign.
They recently polled NHL players on a variety of questions, one asking in which city they'd prefer to play. Montreal was in the top five (maybe top three), as were most of the original-six teams. That represents all things being equal, naturally. Salary, management and team ranking are pretty important when it comes down to an actual contract. The good news is the Habs have taken a huge leap forward in status as a hot team with strong management. Finally, a prime UFA may want to come here.

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