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Sale of Canadiens comes down to BCE, Quebecor

The two finalists for the Montreal Canadiens are also two of the biggest media companies in Canada — and subsequently have many good reasons to buy the flagship franchise and Bell Centre.

Two finalists have emerged for the Montreal Canadiens and Bell Centre: Bell Canada and Quebecor.

The two media giants have compelling reasons to buy one of Canada's national institutions — aside from the prestige of owning the flagship franchise in the NHL — but they both have the potential to turn a C$500-million purchase into a moneymaker. We're not going to get into the specifics — the Gazette lays out the many reasons here — but for either side a purchase makes sense.

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