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A Taxing Issue

from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun,

High taxes put teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at a disadvantage when it comes to signing NHL free agents, a taxpayers’ group says.

An analysis prepared by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) found the three teams are located in the least financially attractive cities in the league.

But the story is far different for fellow Canadian teams in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

The CTF looked into how much tax the top 30 NHL free agents would pay with various clubs.

“The numbers don’t lie; NHL players take a financial hit to play in Ontario, Quebec, California, New York and New Jersey,” said CTF analyst Nick Bergamini, the paper’s author and a former Junior A goalie.

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this should be filed under snake oil economics…. of course the success of the Florida teams confirm this hypothesis completely… just another right wing wacko group desire to push some sort of tax policy

Posted by cberth on 09/24/13 at 09:24 AM ET

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A neoliberal insertion of a political issue framed around disgruntled sports fans’ frustrations. Taxes have not been a reason any free agent has avoided any city as far as what the free agents themselves have said. This is garbage.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/24/13 at 11:57 AM ET

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I imagine a player who wants to win won’t shy away from a contending team because the taxes are higher than he’d pay playing for the Florida Panthers. However, I could see a player making that decision when his options are between two teams that are equally bad. Might as well take the money.

Posted by awould on 09/24/13 at 12:07 PM ET

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Where would you rank Brad Richards’ free agent year as far as the most-coveted UFAs of the last six or seven?

That’s got to be near the top, right?  Dude signed in New York…

Other than that, Suter/Parise was driven by a lot of economic factors other than taxes.

If taxes in Ottawa had any effect on the Alfredsson decision, not a single person has fairly touched on that angle.

How many other UFAs have left Canadian markets or avoided them for tax reasons?  I think this is a mountain out of a molehill here.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/24/13 at 12:12 PM ET

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this should be filed under snake oil economics…. of course the success of the Florida teams confirm this hypothesis completely… just another right wing wacko group desire to push some sort of tax policy

Posted by cberth on 09/24/13 at 09:24 AM ET

You blame the Right for this?

That’s a convenient way to hide the fact that Ontario, Quebec, California, New York and New Jersey all have some of the most left-leaning economic policies in North America.

you may want to spend less time obsessing over the messenger, and more time evaluating the message

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 09/24/13 at 01:37 PM ET

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I think he meant the Canadian Taxpayers Federation pushing their right wing agenda.

This is an effort by a right wing lobby group to convince the Canadian everyman that it’s in their interest to support lower taxes for the richest people because it will make their hockey team better.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/24/13 at 02:59 PM ET

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Tax policy really has always been the biggest influence on hockey success.  A team has a better chance of winning the Stanley Cup if their city has lower taxes than if they have Crosby, Datsyuk, Chara and Quick on their team. It’s just obvious. The NFL figured it out years ago, but they sent Bettman to keep the NHL from learning the secret to their success. Also, 9/11 was an inside job, Bert & Ernie are gay, and aliens built the Nazca lines.

Posted by awould on 09/24/13 at 03:11 PM ET

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This explains the recent success of the two Alberta franchises.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 09/24/13 at 03:14 PM ET

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Also, 9/11 was an inside job, Bert & Ernie are gay, and aliens built the Nazca lines.

Posted by awould on 09/24/13 at 03:11 PM ET

Keith Olberman is still on the air??

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 09/24/13 at 05:46 PM ET

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