Do UFAs avoid Montréal? If so, why?
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07-04-2013, 02:26 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
I like the ideas about the league pro-rating the cap to tax status. Note that aside from the players' higher income taxes, apparently the Montreal Canadiens' own municipal tax bill already exceeds the municipal tax bills of all US NHL franchises combined.
And yet, with the "revenue-sharing" (which increased under the new CBA), teams like the Habs, leafs and Rangers are basically underwriting the entire NHL. We're the unappreciated cash cows, and we don't get a break.
Anyway I wanted to make a new list of "Reasons why UFA would want to come to Montreal," considerations that might actually work in the Habs' favour on the UFA market:
1. Beautiful cosmopolitan city
2. Play for the team with the NHL's most glorious history
3. Full arena, passionate fans
But I wonder whether, as some have suggested, these considerations are not as important as money for many if not most players these days.
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