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from David Pagnotta at NBC Sports,
The NHL still has a number of concerns it needs to address before it can confidently say its numbers are heading in the right direction.
Questions continue to surround the league’s national television contracts and the stability of its current markets. But these are just two of five important factors facing the league as it attempts to maximize its revenue potential.
So what needs to be done? How can the league generate a significantly greater revenue base? I’ll tell you…
1. Get back on ESPN…
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.
He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.
Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
...And then the league would move to Europe, to large northern and central European cities where hockey is a major sport. But instead of expanding, it would relocate six existing but failing teams.
Said Thun, “You would go to the six lowest revenue producing teams in the NHL and say, ‘Listen, we’ve got owners in Europe. We want to set up a European division. And we want to move six teams at one time. Are you willing to sell your franchise for $250-million?’ I can’t imagine a lot of people would say no.”
A fee of $250-million would certainly be well above market value for clubs such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville and Florida.
from the AP via Yahoo,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman showed up at Thursday night’s game between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning with a cast on his left arm. Asked whether he had dropped the gloves against one of the league’s enforcers, Bettman said he actually had tendon surgery on Monday.
He then joked, “It’s a result of reporters asking (stupid) questions.”
continued... a little outlook of the NHL…
In case you need a recap of the on-ice action from last night, catch NHL Rewind…
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
I’m a whole-hearted subscriber to the cliché: You have to judge players against their own eras. In any sport. Equipment. Travel. The degree of eliteness of the major-league talent pool and opposition. Rules. Style of play. In some sports, the potential chemical enhancements. It’s all different, changing, fluctuating and sliding over the years. Haven’t we all recognized that blind adherence to numbers as the measuring standard across time, in any sport, is an absurdity?
Maybe this isn’t fair, but black-and-white footage and scratch voice tracks on the old and accompanying play-by-play descriptions still seem to add credibility, whether it’s when comparing Frank Mahovlich’s 533 goals to Mike Gartner’s 708, or any other careers.
Some people mistake that kind of sentiment for a belittlement of the modern era, and those who unreasonably don blinkers and refuse to consider the overall picture are just as silly as the isolated few who refuse to acknowledge the greatness in the past.
from David Amber at ESPN,
A perfect time for “10 Degrees” to count down, in reverse order, the Top 10 all-time NHL milestones and records.
10. Martin Brodeur: 11 consecutive 30-plus-win seasons
After breaking the single-season wins record with 48 victories in 2006-07, Martin Brodeur should extend his NHL record of 11 straight 30-plus win seasons in 2007-08. Brodeur, just like Patrick Roy, wants to leave the NHL as the game’s winningest goalie, and he will.
Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,
When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”
Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.
continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida
From Easton Hockey,
Easton Hockey, the manufacturer of the No. 1 stick in the NHL, has announced the launch of Easton Hockey S17, a micro-site completely dedicated to the all-new technologically advanced Stealth S17 hockey stick. Complete with video, detailed graphics, technology descriptions, a variety of action photos, and a co-marketed Hollywood Records soundtrack, the micro-site is being launched to coincide with the highly anticipated introduction of the Stealth S17 stick, according to Kyle Horn, director of marketing for Easton Hockey.
Easton S17 website - showcases videos featuring Dany Heatley, Marian Gaborik, Zach Parise and Ryan Getzlaf
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