Ev wrote:DefenceWinsChampionships wrote:Ev wrote:DefenceWinsChampionships wrote:Why does everyone think ottawa is such a bad place to play ? I'd much prefer to play here than a lot of other cities both in Canada and the US
The main reason would be taxes. Most Canadian cities would be on the majority of lists I would imagine.
Ottawa is not an attractive city even when we were good
At the end of the day the majority of players in the NHL are Canadian and probably don't appreciate how much of a gong-show it is in the states. Political leadership, protests, wildfires, racism, crime, poverty, etc. Come to Ottawa and you can live in affordable housing, send your kids to good schools, etc. The players are on the road most of the time anyway, so if it's a decision on where to raise a young family, I would 100% choose to live in Ottawa over a lot of other places. What's the allure of living in the States aside from taxes? Target and cheap gas? I get the allure of living in California, New York, Vegas, Florida, etc. Outside of those cities/parts of those states, I'm not so sure I'd want to live in a lot of other places. In cities like Philadelphia, they live in rich suburbs anyway. May as well live in Barrhaven or Kanata.
Do you live in Ottawa? That sounds good to us. It doesn't sound great to young millionaires. Especially when they marry US women who won't want to move.
From the outside, Ottawa is a cold, boring city who doesn't have a good team right now. Once you live here for a while, then you appreciate it.
Not sure what affordable housing means since it's pretty expensive here and in Toronto, but I don't think that matters when you're talking about millionaires.
A ton of American athletes would want to stay in America. Remember when Trump won and people said they would move to Canada? Guess that didn't happen...
"Affordable housing" had me laughing. Ever been to an upper-class American neighbourhood (i.e. gated community)? They are ridiculous. Gated communities, security all over the place, etc. They never see the protests, wildfires, racism, crime, and poverty. Plus, as Ev mentioned, you pay way less in tax (and apparently can just cheat the system and pay nothing in tax). The filthy rich live in a different universe, and that's especially true in the States.
So it's hard enough for a Canadian team to attract players, and then there's the Melnyk stink that infests every aspect of the organization.