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from the Toronto Star,
In its Nov. 28 issue, Forbes reports that the Leafs are the most valuable team in the NHL at $325 million (all figures U.S., unless otherwise indicated), that their operating income has been $85 million over the past five years and that the 86 per cent increase in the value of the franchise over that time is tops in the league. Ozanian (Forbes writer) predicted the viability of at least two NHL franchises will become a relevant topic very soon. "The two places where I think there will not be teams in two years are Carolina and Atlanta," Ozanian said, "and I still need more convincing in Florida and Nashville."read on update 7:40am, related story- The Business of Hockey, from Forbes,
Since the early 1990s, the National Hockey League has undergone a major transformation: rapid expansion, two nasty labor wars and teams relocating from Canada to the southern United States. Result: huge losses and falling television ratings. After canceling the 2004-05 season, the owners enter this year armed with control of player salaries, and the league's best players can more fully showcase their talents, thanks to new rules designed to remove player interference and speed up the game.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Keith Tkachuk looked happy to be on the ice Thursday, even if it was only a practice. "It's a good sign, but I've still got a ways to go," said Tkachuk, who has been out since suffering a rib injury Oct. 15 against Nashville. (An MRI taken Oct. 28 revealed Tkachuk had three nondisplaced cracked ribs.) "It's getting better each day, but it's still pretty sore. I'll do all I can out there without re-aggravating it."
from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,
The Ottawa Senators, under new coach Bryan Murray, have broken free from the chains that once held the team back. With new rules placing a premium on skill all over the ice, it was clear to see that these Senators were perfectly positioned to go for the goals. Murray — a man that has coached more than 1,000 NHL games and won more than he has lost — realized that immediately and seized the opportunity by flashing the green light to his skill players. "I think under Jacques, we were very much a team that played extremely well defensively," said Daniel Alfredsson, the team's captain. "And, as the years went on with Jacques, we got better and better offensively, as well, and were able to score more goals and capitalize on other teams' mistakes.
1. Simone Gagne 2. Daniel Alfredsson 3. Eric Staal 4. Dany Heatley 5. Peter Forsberg
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The strategy is used as a bluff — or it was until this past week, when the Los Angeles Kings actually tried to slip a player back to the NHL after he started the year in Europe. His name was Yanick Lehoux, one of the Kings' top minor-leaguers last season, who decided to play in Switzerland over the summer. Lehoux was unhappy with his European experience, so he agreed to re-sign with the Kings and try his luck in the NHL. L.A. signed him, put him on waivers, crossed their fingers — and promptly lost him when the Phoenix Coyotes, a divisional rival, put in a claim for his rights.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by General Manager Craig Patrick. To make room on the roster, the Penguins have placed goaltender Sebastien Caron on injured reserve. Caron was placed on injured reserve after suffering a strained quadriceps muscle in last night’s game in Atlanta.
Flyers Chairmain Ed Snider quoted from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
"This is going to sort itself out," he said. "So talk to someone positive for a change. Stop talking to the players and coaches and general managers who are complaining, and quote someone positive. "Because I love the way this is going. I was on the competition committee and this is exactly what we had in mind. Our sport is a sport of speed and skill and beauty, and our fans are finally getting a chance to see that. "They haven't been able to see that in a long time. People forget that. People forget that those kinds of comebacks were impossible 5 years ago, with the all the clutching and grabbing.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Rostislav Klesla on Injured Reserve due to a broken hand suffered in last night's 3-1 win over St. Louis, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Klesla is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.
from the Boston Herald,
“It’s the 5-on-3s,” Sinden said on Monday in Toronto, as he rode a bus to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Cam Neely’s induction. “There have been more 5-on-3’s in the first 15 games than I’ve seen in years. And they are somewhat dangerous right now, I mean seriously dangerous.” "The defensemen are getting forever to wind up,” Sinden said. “They’re going to kill someone standing in front with a shot. They’ve got forever to shoot, and they shoot it so hard and so high. Most shots are high. I’m telling you, I’m worried sick about it. I’m afraid it’s going to happen. Someone is going to get killed out there.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So Lemieux, Yzerman and Bertuzzi are no longer locks; Legace and Joseph are outplaying all Canadian-born goalies; Nash is likely out of the picture; and maybe Gretzky and Co. will have to take individual performances this season in the "new" NHL more seriously than past reputations. Or maybe not. Let the debate rage.
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