Toronto/Montreal/Vancouver/New York - way too much pressure, I'm a guy who wouldn't do well with constant scrutiny
NY Media is overrated for hockey. The Rangers have been at the top of the standings all year and you probably wouldn't know it. No back page covers, very little media coverage. Heck, the Rangers play on MSG2 more often than not because the Knicks always are on MSG over the Rangers. No one in the media knows a thing about the Rangers. You maybe hear a few minutes at most on radio shows about them.
If people like Gomez, Kaberle and Campoli have a place on the Habs roster, then they might as well draft me. I can't be much worse than them. If for some reason they pick Grigorenko or Galyenchuk over me, then I want to be drafted by the Coyotes, but only if a relocation to Quebec is certain. How exciting and emotional it must be, to play for that hockey mad crowd?
Toronto: home town team, great city, downside is the media
Vancouver: good team, beautiful city
New York or Chicago: seems like a cool place to live
Teams in florida and california: good teams, not to much media coverage, nice weather
Probably the Rangers becase:
a. They're my favorite team
b. Seem like a close-knit group of good guys
c. I live in NY only 40 minutes north of the city
d. Manhattan is the shiz
e. MSG is an amazing place to have as your home rink (think of all of the free concerts!)
Would just be a good time.. If not them then maybe the Kings... I would love to live in Cali.
I want to play for a team that has good fans, but not crazy. Also having other sports teams (NFL & MLB) is a factor for me.
Want to play for:
Los Angeles (Great weather, solid fanbase.) (2 MLB)
Tampa Bay (see above) (NFL, MLB)
Calgary (The only Canadian team I'd want to play for. Not as much pressure as other canadian cities & seems like a good place to live)
Dallas (I love the city. Usually good weather) (NFL, MLB)
Wouldn't want to play for (In no order):
Vancouver (Too much pressure, crazy fans)
Montreal (see Vancouver)
Toronto (see Vancouver)
Winnipeg (I live here, but I don't really like the city. Also the fans are too crazy for me)
Phoenix (Don't want to play in the desert. Also uncertain of if/where they move)
Columbus (That team is not in good shape. Wouldn't want to spend most of my career playing for a bottom feeder)
Toronto. Always been a Leafs fan, always will be and its kind of a dream to play for the Maple Leafs.
Others: Edmonton and Winnipeg. Sure its cold, but hockey matters up there. If there's pressure its because the fans want a winner, and its a hell of a lot more fun playing in front a packed house where the fans are wild than in an empty warehouse down south.
If a tree falls in a forest does it make a sound? If a hockey game is played in the deep south, did it really happen?
Plus, like many Newfoundlanders, I can't deal with the heat. When the temperature goes above 25C we head to the mall or Sobeys and hang out by the frozen food department. If we're at a relative's on the mainland, we go to the basement for the day. Tomorrow calls for 31C in Phoenix, I'd be at the hospital with heat stroke.
Also wouldn't want to play for Montreal - see my opening statement.