It really depends on a huge number of factors I guess.
If I am the key player on the team that drafted me and that team happens to have success, I like it there and they offer me the kind of salary I want then obviously I would stay there.
If for any reason I wanted to move out (team that drafted me is terrible, I don't like were the team is going, I have issues with the coach/other players ect. ect.) then Montreal would be no1 on the list.
But there are so many factors, its impossible to answer this question. Say a player or two on another team are good buddies of mine and Montreal sucks with no other francos on the team I'd be kinda scared to be flagged as the savior and then the villain that can't score every game.
Furthermore I'm 5 foot 8, Montreal doesn't need players like me
Some teams I would be less inclined to sign to :
- Columbus, Buffalo, Phoenix, Nashville, Isles, NJ, Boston, Edmonton, Toronto. These guys either suck, have terrible weather, management, bear no interest to me, won't make the playoffs or are teams that I hate. You can guess which is which
- Edmonton, Winnipeg. Hockey cities but its cold as hell.
Of course I wouldn't be a sissy and would play for any team I would be drafted by or trade to. Even Boston or worse Toronto *shudder*
Last edited by FlyingKostitsyn: 02-01-2012 at 02:31 PM.
on second thought, I would start in Montreal, become a ppg player while winning a few cups, sign the biggest UFA deal in history only to then pick a fight with the media and force my way out of town, tying the habs GM's hands by only accepting a deal to one of toronto/boston/philly (habs getting a top prospect in return).
then proceed to decline rapidly (thanks to lots of cheech and chong inspired days couch surfing), ending up as 10pt/season player, too expensive to bury and too useless/expensive to trade... muahahahaha
anyone who says the taxes are too high and makes 4+ million a year should be punched right in the face.
once you are rich, what does it matter....so you have 15 million in the bank instead of 17....
It matters a lot actually since everything is relative. ''Rich guy'' won't buy a 30 years old bungalow, he won't buy a crappy used car and won't travel economy class the 3 times he'll take the plane in his life. He's gonna have a multi million house(s), real nice cars and he's gonna travel a lot with the best luxury available. You can spend a million dollar in a few hours if you go on a millionaire shopping spree and its not rare to see these people go bankrupt.
Furthermore NHLers are pretty much building the future of their families, not just spending on luxuries/life style. 2 millions well invested can become a fortune in a pretty short time.
Say you make 1 000 000$ working 20 years at 50000$ per annum. Would you ''not care'' if someone took away 100 000$? Thats two years of work and you can do a lot of things with that.
Last edited by FlyingKostitsyn: 02-01-2012 at 03:23 PM.
You are missing the point though. Once you are rich....what does it matter?
It matters to us because we arent rich....
but the difference between 15 million in the bank and 17 would mean nothing to a rich person.
I edited my post. Re-read it.
Of course to some players it won't matter much. Most are issued from middle class families so they won't necessarily see it the way I describe. I wouldn't tho since I would turn ultra-capitalist if I had millions in the bank after a hockey career
Its also an argument like any another. 2m for a good/great hockey player is like a few dozen thousands for us. Its a lot, but it could be worth losing in order to play for a great team or in a place you love. Just like regular people refuse to move in areas were they could make more money for various reasons for instance. Teachers can make crazy amazing salaries compared to the crap they get in Quebec by working in remote part of Canada's north for instance, its just not very hospitable and very remote.
It's my team and there's no chance I would want to play somewhere else than here. It would not only be a dream but also, if you come here with the right attitude and wanting to win at all costs, there's no better place to play.
Hockey player rarely gets the chance to choose where they are going to play !
In a perfect world I would get drafted by the habs and do my best to makes it to the NHL. But in most case you would be drafted by another team and in the end try to do the samething which is making it and suceed in the NHL.
So why wouldn't want to play for the most prestigious hockey club that is the montreal canadiens.
What's so prestigious about us? We haven't been a contender since 86. That's 26 years of pure suckage. That 93 run was a fluke and all I see is patch work after patch work year after year. Teams are no longer scared to come into our house, no one respects us, and we're a joke to play against.