Gerry H - (Gerry Harrington)Member since September 27, 2010
Habs fan since: The beginning of time.
Favorite current player: Plekanec
All-time favorite player: Guy Lafleur
- Comment on HI/O Show: Is Vanek the missing link for Habs? (2014-03-06 18:58:46)
Those are ever-present risks. I really don't get this argument.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Is Vanek the missing link for Habs? (2014-03-06 18:57:20)
I think "a lock" might be a bit strong. No question he already has strong credentials. But at the end of the day, he is going into a bargaining proposition where term and dollars are going to be up for grabs. He'd be foolish to go in with anything but his strongest hand, unless he wants to leave money and/or term on the table.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Is Vanek the missing link for Habs? (2014-03-06 18:47:11)
Players in contract years almost always overperform. I can't think of a single example of a player "playing it safe" in a contract year. And when they do play softer, it costs them.
- Comment on HI/O Show: Is Vanek the missing link for Habs? (2014-03-06 18:43:21)
Nilan's point about Vanek "playing to not get hurt" is codswallop. C'mon. Nothing but the most devastating injury would affect his FA value much, certainly no more than being playoff bust for the Habs. The guy's a hockey player with a track record of going for it under all circumstances (just look at this season). There is no reason for him to change now.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 15:41:27)
Ed Snyder's argument for taking a pass on Korea '18 is gonna find support in Detroit, Brooklyn and Tampa, at the very least.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 14:57:36)
Folks, we have a well-managed team. I know the Habs are a step or two away from being a serious, consistent contender, but there is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi about the organization right now that has not been there in a very long time. Sure, they're fielding a fairly competitive team with a solid, young core and, yes, there are some good prospects developing with promise. But it's more than that. The backup 'tender picked up for less than a song as our current backup's contract is set to expire. The spare-part Dman picked up for a song. Both now shown to be prescient moves due to injuries. Scenarios considered and covered. The DD deal done fearlessly and, after an early season scare, now looking like a rock-solid bargain. The patient, flinty-eyed bargaining that landed the team one of the deadline's biggest prizes for cheap, leaving much of the league scracthing their heads - or perhaps wishing that they'd been as careful with their in-season cap management as MB has been. The fact that management attention to the fullness and professionalism of the entire management team allowed so much of this work to be done while MB himself was largely out of action for family reasons. At the risk of sounding pretentious, mark my words: Montreal will no longer be a B or C-list destination for star players. High taxes or not, "home team discount" will not sound like a non sequitur in reference to Montreal. Contract talks with the Markovs and Subbans of the world will no longer seem like they are being conducted over a table tilted perilously in the player's direction. For the first time in eons, le CH has cred. The future is looking very, very bright.
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:52:56)
- Comment on Vanek set to make Habs debut in Phoenix; Gorges returns to Montreal (2014-03-06 13:51:25)
NBL - National Bush League
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-06 11:56:12)
The big difference between the US and Canadian income tax systems is in the tax brackets. Our top marginal rate kicks in at under $100k a year. Yours doesn't until $400k a year. What that means is that truly middle class folks pay a hell of a lot more up here than in the US. But our rich folks are much closer to US taxation levels. The numbers are real. There was a huge debate about Obama cancelling the Bush tax cuts and returning the top rate to 39% from around 36%. My only mistake was on the grade three arithmetic of 7% of $7 million.
- Comment on About last night … (2014-03-06 11:50:04)
95%+ of a $7 million salary would be taxed at the top marginal rate in both jurisdictions. There would be a difference, but not much.