During the TSN broadcast, the panelists said it. During the singings, the players said it. When Rivet and Recchi left, they said it. It's no secret, yet everyone seems to miss it.
The problem is not taxes! The problem is not language! The problem is certainly NOT money!
THE PROBLEM IS THE DAMN MEDIA! Players do not want to come here and get their lives ruined by a bunch of vindictive sons o'pregnant doggyes that want nothing more than to stir up controversy. Ryan Smyth and his wife didn't want to play in Montreal. Do you think Ryan's wife gives a damn about taxes? Of course not, she doesn't want her life to be front page news. And I can't say I blame them.
Those bastards will be the downfall of this great franchise. Do I sound bitter? Yes, I am. Every year they get worse, more vindictive! Maybe the press's arguments or stories are acceptable or wanted in Montreal, but outside of Quebec, here in NB, I see them destroying this organisation, and it kills me.
Shame on them. I hope they feel some sort of responsibility with what is happening, but somehow, I strongly feel that the headlines will read that "Gainey is an incompetent GM". I really feel sorry for the guy. He was reportedly offereing more than everyone else, and even Quebec's new favorite son turned his back on us.
I am not an angry person. I don't get upset very easily and I don't use these words often. But when it comes to the MTL press, Hate is a word that comes to my mind.