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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.
... And along the way some stats are indeed completely exposed as having been virtually useless. Take the case of shooting percentage, always bogus in the mind of anyone with any kind of think-through math skills, but often touted in various media reports when a player had a high number. Now people are looking at much longer periods of time and finding that with a few exceptions, shooting percentages are so radically different from year to year that the stat is really nothing more than a chart of random luck. A guy with a great percentage one season is dreadful the next and vice versa, meaning that in terms of using such a stat to assess a player in the future is a waste of time.
As some of the other more advanced stats come under the same longer term scrutiny, they also are being found wanting and the people that do this for a living are sent back to the drawing boards looking for even more convoluted stat combinations to find ways of predicting the likelihood of successful performance in the future.
As the cliché has gone for years, hockey is proving to be a slippery game all right, but in far more ways than originally thought.
Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on this topic.
from David Ammenheuser of The Tennessean,
An open letter to Nashville Predators CEO Jeff Cogen and team President Sean Henry:...
The Jan. 30-31 All-Star weekend is your opportunity for the NHL and the Predators to grow that fan base.
In my 30-plus years as a journalist, I've attended several major professional sports' all-star events. Some were terrific (Cincinnati, this week, was the latest); some were lousy.
I missed an opportunity earlier this year and did not get to Columbus for the Blue Jackets' NHL All-Star Weekend. I got mixed reviews from some fans who attended. One suggestion I heard from the fans: Don't try to duplicate Columbus' 175-foot snow slide. After the first day, I heard it was more brown than it was white. Ugh.
You have a unique opportunity. Many NHL cities have waited more than 30 years to host an all-star event. Some franchises have never been awarded the game.
As you know, not every hockey fan will have an opportunity to buy a ticket to the NHL Skills Competition on Jan. 30 or the All-Star Game on Jan. 31.
The key for you, the NHL and the local organizing committee is to have more public events than you think are necessary. Take a look at your latest list. Then add 10 more.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
The first group of 18 players who filed for salary arbitration is scheduled to appear in Toronto for hearings starting on Monday, July 20. Quite a few big names – lead by New York Rangers centre Derek Stepan and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby – have exercised their right to participate in the process.
The Maple Leafs chose to take goaltender Jonathan Bernier to arbitration, a decision that will make the arbitrator's ruling in that case binding, no matter how big the award. Teams cannot walk away from awards to players they decided to take to arbitration; Edmonton is in the same position with defenceman Justin Schultz.
This year, for the first time ever, both sides will be armed with new data to support their cases. The player and the club may submit "enhanced stats" as evidence, since the NHL added the section to their website in February with the help of sponsor SAP.
Any statistic provided on NHL.com may be used as evidence, the NHLPA confirmed on Monday. Even though "enhanced stats" have been in existence for years, they were inadmissible because they were not statistics officially kept by the league.
Even though "enhanced stats" have been in existence for years, they were inadmissible because they were not statistics officially kept by the league.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
NHL and NHL Players' Association officials will continue their push this summer to sell advertising space on player jerseys for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, asking $8 million for the rights to all eight teams in the tournament.
Two people familiar with the matter told TSN the league and union have been pitching on-uniform advertising for several months now. While some sponsorship deals have been agreed to, no company has been willing to meet the asking price for jersey ads at the Toronto-based event scheduled for September of 2016.
"Someone paying $8 million? It's just not going to happen," said a marketing executive who has been pitched by the NHL and NHLPA. "They think they're going to get a global financial services company like Visa to pay that much, but it's just not going to happen."
Sports editors dread the second Monday in July.
When your job is to come in each day and choose something exciting for the top story in tomorrow’s paper, there’s comfort in knowing that no matter what day it is, something’s always going on in the sports world.
Unless it’s the second Monday in July. Then there’s nothing going on....
The smart ones call in sick and let their assistant editors figure it out. Others cross their fingers and hope the hockey writers come through with a story for the back page. Then they arrive at work and realize the hockey writers are all gone. They won’t be back until late August, when the NHLers start skating at 8 Rinks.
-Erik Rolfsen of the Vancouver Province.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
When the NHL Board of Governors took the advice of both the players and the general managers and agreed to 3-on-3 overtime, they officially admitted something that has stared them in the face for the past 25 years.
In trying to end more games in overtime, rather than having them go to the increasingly less enthralling shootout, these all-seeing wizards who control the sport finally officially admitted that in order to generate the goal that is needed to end the game before the shootout, they needed fewer players on the ice.
Or stated another way, they admitted that the more room on the ice there is, and the fewer employees there are on the ice, the more likely it is that goals will be scored.
In fact, the direction in which they should be going if they wish to make the game as entertaining as it once was is to make the ice bigger — or totally change the game and go to 4-on-4.
via Sports Illustrated,
Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Farber shares who he thinks the NHL expansion will benefit and if the expansion is good for the game.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Just days after officially opening its expansion sweepstakes, the NHL has received five requests for expansion bid applications. Las Vegas, Quebec City and the Greater Toronto Area are in the mix as expected, but what might surprise some observers is its believed there are two competing bids from Seattle.
A source indicated that Victor Coleman, a Los Angeles-based real estate developer and native of Vancouver, has definitely requested a bid package and intends to apply by the July 20 deadline. The other Seattle bid is believed to be coming from Connecticut investment banker Ray Bartoszek. And if that weren’t enough, there are apparently two groups looking at the possibility of building an arena in the affluent suburb of Bellevue, which is across Lake Washington from Seattle.
The NHL wants to be in Seattle, it seems. And, judging by the interest the parties have displayed to this point, Seattle definitely wants to be part of the NHL.
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Do you want to be the owner of an NHL expansion franchise?
If you and your buddies cobble together enough cash, you, too, could put in an application to own the league’s 31st or 32nd club.
You should probably have a sound financial plan in order, though. We’re not talking about beer money here.
The NHL began distribution of application materials for parties interested in expansion on Monday. They are due back to the league by August 10. The fee to apply for an expansion franchise is seven figures - north of $1 million U.S. - and only a portion is refundable.
On top of that, interested parties must demonstrate the ability to pay an expansion fee north of $500 million, prove the viability of their proposed market and evidence the availability of an arena for the team to call home.
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