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Vladimir Sobotka defection to KHL takes another curious turn

It’s another odd turn in a relationship that didn’t need to go sour. Sobotka is coming off a season in which he set a career-high with nine goals and 33 points and led the league in face-off winning percentage (61.9). Add in the immeasurable grit and competitiveness he brought to every shift and it was clear that he deserved a significant raise over the expiring deal that paid him $1.4 million. After several proposals from both sides were rejected, the Blues made a final offer of one year at $2.7 million. Sobotka held firm at $3 million.

It was easy for the player to draw a line in the sand considering that he had the KHL option in his back pocket all along. But it turns out the multi-year Russian offer was nowhere near as lucrative as the $4 million per season that was originally reported. Instead, an agent says it pays Sobotka just $8.5 million over three years, with $2.5 million coming in 2014-15. Taking state and federal taxes into consideration, he’s still making more in Russia despite the lower dollar amount, but the minimal difference paints a picture of a principled stand rather than a cash grab.

Parce qu’ils ont voulu taxer les riches, les Américains ne taxeront personne, une autre belle démonstration que trop d’impôt finit par tuer l’impôt… Existent-ils encore des gens assez idéologues pour nier l’existence de la courbe de Laffer ? Il vaut mieux taxer 100$ à un taux de 10% que de taxer 0$ à un taux de 50%, le 100$ ayant fuit vers le pays qui taxe à 10%…

C’est aussi une autre démonstration que les Canadiens ont probablement dû payer une « pénalité fiscale » pour mettre PK Subban sous contrat.