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Are Canadian teams jinxed?

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08:22 AM ET 03.27 | This season, among the seven Canadian franchises, only the Canucks are considered a legitimate Cup threat. It cannot just be bad luck -- the Canucks, Senators, Flames and Oilers all reaching the finals, but failing, over the past decade -- and it cannot be blamed entirely on the various general managers and coaches, though both Toronto and Montreal have lately been trying their best. ... It has been said -- and is often said privately by management -- that the better free agents tend to avoid Canadian teams for factors that are not related to money: weather, the opportunity to live a more private life, a partner who might be U.S.-born and reluctant to move to another country.

The Globe and Mail

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March 27, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Flames sure weren't jinxed last night... as three friggin' power play goals in the 2nd Period will attest!!!

March 27, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Another scintillating article....seriously....how many teams in both conferences are still within grasp of a playoff spot with a handful of games to go -- and this is what they're coming up with? But then, I really shouldn't be surprised.

And Danny you're correct....it's team management, period. A winning franchise, in any sport - usually cures any ills....

March 27, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Flames sure weren't jinxed last night... as three friggin' power play goals in the 2nd Period will attest!!!

Are you saying there might have been a third referee behind the grassy knoll? :)

March 27, 2012  09:31 AM ET

The Stanley Cup spends most of the summer in Canada anyway since the majority of players are Canadian.

March 27, 2012  09:34 AM ET

It's the curse of Dwarfus Horiblus. He wants all teams out of there

March 27, 2012  09:36 AM ET

The Irked one DOES NOT APPROVE of this article.

March 27, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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The Irked one DOES NOT APPROVE of this article.

I'd have thought he'd embrace it.

Burkie to new owners, "Trust me, it's not that I'm an incompetent, inept, ****hole with a drinking problem......it's, it's.....geography.

March 27, 2012  09:52 AM ET

When your expected to keep the Cup in Canada every year ...I can see how a jinxed attitude might be appropriate....Vancouver and Ottawa have a shot.....but I would bet this article was written more towards the senior circuit (Montreal / Toronto)......

March 27, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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It's the curse of Dwarfus Horiblus. He wants all teams out of there

Well, he did throw Winnipeg a bone.

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March 27, 2012  10:03 AM ET

Kind of a stupid article. (Really, from the Globe and Mail? How could that happen). And trying to say that somehow Canada is jinxed is even more stupid than usual. ALL FRANCHISES no matter where they are located have a vast majority of Canadian players. While I'm happy as hell that there are teams in the US ( and soon to be in South American, Samoa, The Maldives and Lichtenstein) hockey players are mostly Canadian, always have been. The growing number of American and European players is good for the game as well.........it's not anti-Canadian.

March 27, 2012  10:27 AM ET

Article might be stupid but....

It's probably a fact players would rather play south of the 49th for those exact reasons.

March 27, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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Article might be stupid but....It's probably a fact players would rather play south of the 49th for those exact reasons.

and there may be a financial element to it also

March 27, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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and there may be a financial element to it also

Beer's cheaper?

March 27, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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and there may be a financial element to it also

really depends on the state. NC, for example, has State, City, and County tax. Texas has no income tax, but it's, well, Texas.

<hides behind "Don't Mess With Texas" billboard>

March 27, 2012  10:49 AM ET

hmmmm Globe and Mail.....published and written in the big suckhole of Toronto where the NHL playoffs are a rumour that only the old folks can remember happening.

March 27, 2012  10:54 AM ET
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and there may be a financial element to it also

No doubt. But even if the contract offered by the Canuckistanian team is silly $$ they still stay south for many of those other reasons.

March 27, 2012  10:55 AM ET
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Are you saying there might have been a third referee behind the grassy knoll? :)

More like stupid penalties... all legit.

 
March 27, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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.<hides behind "Don't Mess With Texas" billboard>

Smart move...

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