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From Kevin Allen at USA Today:
Goaltenders own a large share of the pressure and not a large share of the payroll in the NHL these days.
With another free agency season almost complete, a review of the NHL salary structure shows a continuing trend of teams trying to save some dollars in net while handing out more lucrative deals to scorers and defensemen.
Going into the 2011-12 season, 10 NHL goalies will be averaging $5 million or more on their deals, 19 defensemen will earn at least $5 million, and a 20th (Chris Pronger) averaging just below $5 million. Meanwhile, 23 No. 1 centers averaging $5 million or better.
Only the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist (18th at $6.85 million) ranks among the league’s 25 highest cap hits, according to Capgeek.com
From Justin Bourne at Puck Daddy:
Amateur capology is at its thickest in the off-season. “$1.7M for Marcel Goc? Why that’s at least $200K too much!” I do it as much as anyone, but I acknowledge that it would sure be nice to see more analysis of how Goc will fit in to the Panthers on-ice roster than their on-paper payroll.
If there are any fans that are going to agree with me on this, it’s those of the Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers. The media can and should dissect their off-season acquisitions from a financial standpoint (that’s part of their job) ... but the fans?
Your team was willing to spend some bucks, and because of that you got some better players. Your team is better. Your chances of winning the Stanley Cup are better. Who cares about the price tag if you can afford it?
NEW YORK (July 20, 2011) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Disney Consumer Products have revealed plans to co-brand merchandise featuring characters from Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning animated series, Phineas and Ferb, in the 2011-12 NHL® season. The NHL made the announcement today at the 2011 NHL Exchange licensed products and retail trade show inside the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The Disney and the NHL collection will include apparel, headwear, house & home products and collectibles featuring characters from Phineas and Ferb wearing NHL and team-branded merchandise. NHL and Disney licensees will deliver the new products to retail stores throughout North America in fall 2011, just in time for the new school year and the 2011-12 NHL season.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL and Molson Coors won big on Tuesday when the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld their $375-million sponsorship deal.
Rival brewery Labatt was the loser, as the court upheld Molson’s appeal of a lower court decision that rejected the agreement between the NHL and Molson for the league’s North American rights beginning with the 2011-12 season. Labatt argued the NHL improperly broke off a sponsorship agreement with them for the league’s Canadian rights to strike the deal with Molson.
NEW YORK (July 11, 2011) – Following April’s landmark, 10-year media rights agreement with NBC, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the NBC Sports Group announced today that the two companies are strengthening their relationship even further by creating a unique, groundbreaking sales venture that will streamline national U.S. NHL media sales for the next five years.
NHL media sales for all national platforms—NBC, VERSUS, NBCSports.com, NHL Network™, NHL mobile and all official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com — will be sold by the NBC Sports Group Sales Department, which will be bolstered by absorbing NHL media sales employees. All traffic generated by official NHL digital sites, including NHL.com, will now be attributed to NBC Sports Digital.
The agreement excludes current and future NHL official marketing partners, who will continue to purchase media through the NHL Integrated Sales Department. Financial terms of this new agreement, which continues through the 2015-16 season, were not disclosed.
More than 20 restricted free agents are set to plead their case at salary arbitration hearings in the coming weeks. Should players and clubs not be able to reach an agreement before the respective case gets under way, below is a list of the scheduled hearings.
Below are the dates for each hearing, from July 20th through August 4th:
From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:
“We should know the definitive (cap) number very soon (but) it’s going to be in that range,” Bowman said Wednesday. “It’s certainly going up from where it was ($59.4 million). We’re not in the salary-cap crunch that we were in. We’re able to obviously do some different things and we’re not as stuck as we were a year ago.”
The summer following the Hawks’ Stanley Cup championship in 2010 was marked by the departures of 10 players from that that title-winning team as Bowman battled the salary cap. But things are different this time around.
“It’s a nice change, to be honest,” said Bowman, who is in Minnesota for this weekend’s NHL Draft. “We’re not trying to deal players to get to the cap. We have room to add players. Having that additional flexibility is going to help us not only in the summer but during the season when there may be opportunities to pick up players. But you have to have cap space to do that.
From Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti:
A report in The Hockey News earlier this month said the commissioner would “focus on the situations in New Jersey and Los Angeles” after the Atlanta/Winnipeg sale and Dallas’ sale were resolved.
“I don’t know who wrote that or why, but no,” Bettman said when I asked him if he had any plans to focus on the Devils’ ownership situation or monitor it more closely.
Although Brick City LLC – headed by Mike Gilfillan and Ray Chambers – is looking to sell its 47 percent share, Bettman said that the potential sale is not impacting team business and he expects it to be resolved without need for him to be involved, “to the best of my knowledge in my constant communications with everybody.”
From Sports Business Journal, this year’s top-selling NHL jerseys:
To compare, here are the top sellers in early 2010.
*chart above from SBJ. Links found via DC Sports Blog.
From 1040 ESPN Tampa:
The Tampa Bay Lightning is the second-best franchise in sports, according to ESPN The Magazine’s ninth annual “Best Franchise in Sports’’ rankings, which will hit newsstands on Friday. According to ESPN, only the Super Bowl-champion Packers are a better franchise than the Lightning, which advanced to within a game of the Stanley Cup final in Jeff Vinik’s first year as the team owner.
According to ESPN The Magazine, the study determines “an overall ranking for pro sports franchises according to how much they give back to fans for the time, money and emotion they invest in them. ...The rankings are determined by a multi-tiered analysis that examines a team’s efficiency in spending fan money as compared to its on-field performance. It also factors in feedback in 21 categories from more than 70,000 fans nationwide, both online at ESPN.com and in polling conducted by both independent third parties.’‘
All 122 teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball were ranked in order in eight different categories: “bang for the buck,’’ players, fan relations, affordability, stadium experience, ownership, title track and coaching.
For a complete listing of ESPN’s rankings go here.
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