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Eric Belanger, Political Pawn?

Many Canadiens fans seem to be perplexed, and some outraged, with the fact the Habs signed Jeff Halpern last week for $600,000 and this week Eric Belanger signed in Phoenix for $750,000. Despite the fact that Belanger apparently had a deal that fell through with Washington, and therefore wasn’t really shopping himself until this week, Habs fans are furious that GM Pierre Gauthier would sign Halpern at such a salary when Belanger was technically available for the meagre sum of $150,000 more. Further complicating the issue in public forums, a politician in Quebec this week suggested, and I am paraphrasing here, that Anglophones were taking over the club, phasing out the Francophone players. Apparently, the Habs are a “tool of Canadian federalism.” The reasoning? Federalists and English Canadians see the Habs as a symbol of Francophone Quebec - apparently, if English Canada can make the Habs English enough, the separatist cause will fail for good.

Yeah, because that makes sense.

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  Tags: belanger, halpern, parti+quebecois

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