View Full Version : The Pressure Of Playing In Canada

04-11-2016, 09:12 AM
There’s a reason why Steven Stamkos could end up choosing Tampa Bay rather than Toronto if he enters free agency this summer. And if he does, he would not be alone.

According to agents and general managers, Canadian teams appear a lot more often than American teams on players’ no-trade lists. And when it comes to free agency, Canadian teams either lose out on the big fish or have to overpay.

“I have never had a player that hasn’t put the large majority of the teams on their no-trade list from Canada,” said player agent Ritch Winter, whose clients include Marian Hossa, Cody Hodgson and Ilya Bryzgalov. “The issue is that certain players — and there’s a growing number of them — like their privacy.

It is not just the weather or the fans. Chicago and Detroit get plenty of snow. Boston and New York are hockey-mad markets that are as intense as any Canadian city.


04-13-2016, 08:49 AM
Who can blame them with statements like this....

“Every guy handles it differently, but it’s definitely easier when you have no media,” said Leafs forward Milan Michalek, who spent previous years playing in Ottawa and San Jose. “In San Jose, you get out of the rink and forget everything. You’ve got the sun and you just throw on some shorts and go by the pool or the ocean. It’s nice. It’s almost no media at all.”

04-13-2016, 09:07 AM
Yup, it's all about what a player enjoys.so,e enjoy being in the spotlight 24/7, and being noticed everywhere about town. Others, not so much.