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Morning Line- Slava Malamud On Corsi

via Slava Malamud tweets,

"Corsi. A goalie coach who gained brief notoriety in early 21st century for a now unknown reason" - the Big NHL Plasmapedia, 2130 edition.

The Corsi geeks' problem isn't their object of devotion. Nothing wrong with having a metric to tell you one specific thing occasionally....

Corsi geeks problem is Corsi geeks themselves. Their willingness to attack anyone who dares to watch hockey and humans playing it without...

... necessarily citing their one arbitrary stat and (oh noes!) passing any kind of judgement w/o appealing to it as lazy narrative pushers.

We know the game, we see more in it than you, we love it for what it is. We are not lazy narrative pushers. You are self-important bores.

Anyone who's ever said "lazy narrative" to insult a reporter is someone who wanted to be one but couldn't string two words together #Corsi

So, please, don't push your inferiority complex on us. Go learn some grammar, get some writing talent. Maybe you can push a narrative, too.

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Will The NHL Avoid Quebec City When It Comes To NHL Expansion?

Editorial from the Globe and Mail,

Quebec City recently completed a major public infrastructure project ahead of schedule, and under budget. The normal course of events would see its spanking new, $370-million arena occupied by an NHL team. That’s why so much (public) money went into the building. The timing even looks to be ideal, as the league is in the midst of receiving applications for expansion franchises; two cities could advance to the next stage. What’s more, there are only two bidders – aspiring owners in Quebec and Las Vegas – for those maximum two expansion slots. The return of hockey to hockey-mad Quebec would seem to be as easy as scoring an empty-net goal from inside the crease.

It isn’t.

Anyone distracting themselves from the summer heat with daydreams of a revived Nordiques vs. Montreal Canadiens rivalry (The Battle of Quebec! The Good Friday Massacre!) had best take a deep breath. Just because Québecor principal shareholder/aspiring premier Pierre Karl Péladeau and irrepressible Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume built the Vidéotron Centre (with, we again note, a massive helping of taxpayer dollars) doesn’t mean the NHL will come.

If anything, the NHL appears eager to avoid Quebec City, or any other location in hockey’s northern homeland.


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Off-Season Issues

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This summer the NHL has its plate more than a little full with off-ice issues that will require more than a little deft stickhandling from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

The NHL has already decided that there will be no further sanctions against former Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who was charged with felony cocaine possession after being caught with drugs at a Las Vegas resort pool in April. Stoll, an unrestricted free agent, pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges relating to the incident and was sentenced to probation and community service.

The league is also waiting for Stoll's former teammate Slava Voynov to complete his sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge relating to an incident involving his wife last October. The defenseman is serving a 90-day sentence. He was also sentenced to three years' probation.

In another Kings-related situation, the NHL is aware of the information the team used in deciding to terminate the contract of Mike Richards after an incident at the Canada/U.S. border earlier this summer. The league simply considers Richards an unrestricted free agent....

Finally, the league is also awaiting the resolution of the case involving new Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly, who responded to being awarded the richest contract in team history by allegedly drunkenly driving a vintage pickup truck into a Tim Hortons coffee shop near London, Ontario, in the middle of the night and then fleeing the scene.


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Needed: More Power Play Goals

from Bruce McCurdy of the Cult of Hockey,

Why can’t the zebras find a happy medium that sees them call actual penalties when they happen instead of pocketing their whistles on too many nights? The game hasn’t changed that much that players have legitimately cut their infractions in half over the past decade, as the powerplay opportunity numbers suggest. Too many nights the 5v5 game results in a virtual stalemate out there, and the occasional powerplay might have the desired effect of encouraging at least one of the teams to try to score.

It’s a sad state of affairs that in many games the only penalties that will be called down the stretch are non-discretionary ones. Somebody shoots the puck over the glass? No choice, that’s a penalty. Somebody puts an opponent’s face through the glass? See no evil, call no evil.


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The Financial Picture Of Quebecor

from Nelson Smith of The Motley Fool Canada,

Quebec City seems like a slam dunk expansion team. It’ll have deep-pocketed owners, as well as the goodwill surrounding professional hockey heading back to Quebec City. Add in the new arena, and there isn’t much the NHL can object to.

It also looks to be a great deal for Quebecor. Yes, the $500 million expansion fee is a steep price to pay, but having the rights to show every game will be a huge boost to the company’s sports channels. And let’s not forget about the opportunity to promote other Videotron services, including the company’s newest venture, wireless.

But should investors eager to invest in the NHL do it through Quebecor? That’s where things get a little more tricky.

The investment case for Quebecor

The first thing that concerns me about investing in Quebecor is its balance sheet. The company has more than $6 billion in total debt, compared to total assets of $9.3 billion. Intangible assets make up nearly $3.8 billion worth of the total assets.

Essentially, the company owes more than it owns if you exclude the intangible assets. That’s not good, especially considering how it would most likely have to borrow the $500 million expansion fee.


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The Real Players In The Expansion Talk

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Quebec City’s NHL expansion hopes received another major boost Tuesday when the league confirmed in an entertainingly worded press release that it was one of only two bids for an expansion team submitted before the formal deadline.

You remember how that played out, right? Back in June – coming out of the semi-annual board of governors meeting – the league established a firm plan and schedule for the bidding process.

The goal was to eliminate the tire-kickers – all the expansion wannabes that had expressed some vague interest in landing an NHL team.

By setting a narrow window for formal applications, the NHL was able to weed out candidates who’d made a lot of noise over the past decade, but didn’t have a viable plan in place.

In all, 16 different groups requested expansion applications from the NHL. In the end, only two submitted bids. One was from William Foley, an entrepreneur who’d previously conducted a season-ticket campaign for Las Vegas with the league’s blessing.


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Morning Line- Ken Campbell

via Ken Campbell tweets,

Never seen league so publicly mean spirited. Guys in Toronto and Seattle have been working for years to try to get arena deals together...

...And because they couldn't in a two-week window, NHL says they have "merely dreams and aspirations." Looking very petty here.

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The NHL Updates Us On The Expansion Process

NEW YORK (July 21, 2015) – The National Hockey League today released the following update relative to the NHL expansion application process:

“As previously announced, NHL expansion applications were made available to all potentially interested applicants on July 6. Since that date, we have received requests from, and responded by sending applications to, 16 separate groups/individuals.

“The deadline for filing an application and proceeding in the NHL expansion process was last night. We can confirm that we have received two applications: one from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Quebec.

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Application For Second Toronto Area NHL Team Does Not Happen

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

A spokesman for venture capitalist Graeme Roustan acknowledged there was no bid from in this round of expansion, but said the dream of a second NHL team in Toronto is not dead.

“While we continue to focus on developing the GTA Centre, we were not able to complete the necessary work by the application deadline,” said GTA Centre Sports and Entertainment spokesman Jesse Bernstein. “We hope that another such opportunity presents itself in the future.”


As first reported by thn.com, Roustan declined to make an application despite saying he intended to do so when the expansion process was announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in late June. It’s believed that only two applicants, from Las Vegas and Quebec City, took the NHL up on its offer.

Part of that is because it cost a minimum of $2 million to simply apply for a franchise, but more likely it was because costs have increased to the point where even placing a franchise in the most fertile market in the world doesn’t make sense. There was speculation that the league would be demanding north of $500 million for a franchise in Toronto and that it would cost somewhere in the $425 million range to build an arena. That puts the tab at well over $1 billion in Canadian funds.


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Quebecor Completes Step One Of The Expansion Process

from TSN,

The Montreal-based media giant sent in its widely expected expansion bid to the National Hockey League before Monday's deadline. Prospective owners were to submit a $10 million down-payment with $2 million of it being non-refundable.

The Nordiques relocated to Denver and became the Colorado Avalanche for the 1995-1996 season after 16 NHL seasons played in Quebec City.

“Quebecor has consistently stated that its objective is to establish an NHL franchise in Quebec City and it intends to make every effort to achieve that goal,” the company said in statement late last month following NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's announcement that the league would be accepting expansion proposals.

With the new Videotron Centre, a venue seating 18,000-plus that will replace La Colisee Pepsi as Quebec City's primary hockey facility, close to completion, an arena would be in place for the 2017-2018 season, the earliest date that expansion could be carried out by the league. Quebecor already has an agreement in place with the city for usage of the arena.


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