NHL player agent Alan Walsh making a strong case against the commonly-held myth that the gap in state/provincial income tax makes in player acquisition. This doesn’t include other diminishing factors such as player residency, jock taxes, signing bonuses, cost of living, favourable currency conversion, and the fact that players can be traded midway through their discount contracts.

When a player signs on the cheap for one of the no-tax teams, the team’s salary structure, competitive chances, and/or geographical location tend to be much more at play than the handful of dollars that the tax gap really leaves.

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