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from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
The NHL is scoring off the ice like never before thanks to its Canadian teams.
The average NHL team now has an enterprise value (equity plus net debt) of $413 million, 46% more than a year ago. For the first time since Forbes began tracking NHL team values in 1998, three of the league’s five most valuable teams–Toronto Maple Leafs($1.15 billion), Montreal Canadiens ($775 million), Vancouver Canucks ($700 million)–are Canadian (the New York Rangers ($850 million) and defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks ($625 million) are the two U.S. teams to make the top five). And this is also the first time that every Canadian franchise ranks among the top 16 in the 30 team league.
Why is this so important for the NHL? Because hockey was born in Canada. Nurtured there. And it is where the majority of the game’s stars are born and hone their skills. In Canada, hockey is not just another professional sport. The ice is where character is measured. Hockey isn’t a religion in Canada. It is the religion. This passion delivers at the turnstiles–regardless of market size.
from Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal,
The NHL is crafting a series of Canadian television deals that could increase its average annual rights fees to more than $350 million, nearly double the current amount, while creating a Sunday night telecast franchise for the league.
The ongoing negotiations involve five Canadian networks: CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, and French-language broadcasters RDS and TVA. Negotiations are focused on 10-year deals, the same length as the $2 billion agreement between the NHL and NBC Sports Group that was reached in 2011. The forthcoming Canadian deals are expected to escalate in value over the length of the contracts, possibly exceeding a total of $400 million by the end of their terms....
According to industry sources, CBC will remain as the league’s major partner and will retain “Hockey Night in Canada,” its iconic franchise since 1953. But the network would see its rights fee go up and some of its current inventory go to other programmers.
CBC (the over-the-air, public Canadian Broadcasting Co.) now pays $121 million a year. In the new deal, CBC is expected to pay about $175 million a year. However, it would lose the rights to the NHL All-Star Game and some playoff broadcasts, sources said.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I've tried to be a faithful defender of the NHL's system of three-point games, and since the league went to a shootout in 2005, that's what I've been. But I'm finally tired of it.
While I do not want the NHL to go back to the old system, where ties were awarded, the system used now is being rigged too much to get games to overtime and get that all-important "loser's point."
The most boring hockey one can watch now is the third period of a tie game, and it shouldn't be that way. Teams are packing it in, playing conservatively to get the game to overtime and get the one point. Even in overtime, when it's 4-on-4 and it's supposed to be out-of-your-seats, firewagon hockey, too often the action is falling flat.
The Hotstove folks discussed the Winter Classic, trade plans for a few teams and the upcoming BOG meeting late in the first week of December.
Guaranteed that the sold-out Outdoor Classic in Ann Arbor will be one of the biggest feather in Gary Bettman's cap; if not the biggest.
-Stan Fischler of the Fischler Report where you can read more hockey notes.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Starting with the 2006-07 season, there was no longer any compensation if you allowed someone to accept a promotion elsewhere, so be it, you got nothing in return.
But there is once again a push to re-visit that.
For years, Brian Burke (now president of hockey operations in Calgary) has pushed the league on this, and other GMs such as Ray Shero, Ken Holland and David Poile have voiced their support on the issue.
Is it fair for the Penguins to lose Chuck Fletcher and Mike Yeo to Minnesota and get nothing in return? Same goes for the Red Wings who put GMs in Tampa (Steve Yzerman) and Dallas (Jim Nill) and a head coach in San Jose (Todd McLellan) but got nothing back?
As one Eastern Conference team executive told ESPN.com Friday, if you’re spending years developing front office or coaching personnel, you should be compensated for their loss, just like you would when trading a player that you’ve developed.
For example, if the Buffalo Sabres soon snatch an assistant GM from another team and make him their new GM, shouldn’t that team get a draft pick or something in return?
more plus other hockey topics...
from Darren Dreger of the Dreger Report at TSN,
The National Hockey League is always looking for ways to improve its accuracy rate when it comes to ruling on controversial goals.
NHL Hockey Operations is expected to meet with a group in the near future that has designed a camera system that can be installed in the posts of the nets. This system may provide a more clear view of the goal line and by design may assist the league in determining - conclusively - whether or not the puck crosses the line.
Sportsnet's Hockey Central experts John Shannon, Nick Kypreos and Chris Johnston talk Buffalo Sabres, Alex Steen probably going UFA route in July, Tim Gleason in Carolina may be moved and some Team Canada and Seth Jones on Team USA talk. Also mentioned was Paul Stastny will not be moved and a few other topics too inlcuding the fate of the Markhan Arena in the Toronto area.
By Tom Murray,
Years ago, when Bob Verdi was covering the Blackhawks for the Chicago Tribune, I was lucky enough to be able to sign him up as a columnist (along with Stan Fischler) for The Hockey News. And every week he would deliver his “News & Views” of all that was going on in the game. So Verd, this one’s for you:
News: 50th Anniversary of JFK assassination.
Views: Hard to believe. Even harder to grasp--never mind admit--I’m old enough to remember that day. The memories haven’t faded over the years, starting with the appearance of my school’s principal in an afternoon class, somberly announcing the president had been shot and we were all to go home immediately. Then later that day, my sister waiting for my dad to arrive home from work, spotting his car and then racing to the end of the driveway, waving her arms. The car stops. His window rolling down. Did you hear about the president, she wonders. Then the wheels spinning, screeching, gravel spraying and the car roaring past her and all of us and into the garage. But what I remember most is I had a hockey game the next morning and we were supposed to go that night to some local store--dating myself yet again here; was it the long-defunct E.J. Korvette?--to buy new skates. Did I nervously approach Dad and dare ask if we were still going? Did he just gruffly say let’s go and off we went? I don’t remember. What I do recall is we did go to get the skates, just the two of us. And I remember how quiet that drive was and how sad Dad was. And how eerily silent the store was that night. Open for business as usual. People wandering about, life somehow going on. Then another sad and quiet drive back home. And yes I played my game the next morning.
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The three most popular theories for this kind of night where it concerns the Jets are the following:
The officials simply had a bad night. It happens.
The officials feel it's easy to kick the Jets around since they are basically still the new kids of the NHL block. Nobody will mind all that much.
The officials have an intense dislike of Jets winger Evander Kane, who is rarely without an opinion or comment during the games, so Kane and his team just don't get the benefit of any doubt. One NHL official has privately expressed that sentiment to a Winnipeg reporter not that long ago but whether it's real or widespread can't really be verified.
All of that aside, Monday's incidents were more than interesting.
Calgary's Lance Bouma skated directly at Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien on a two-on-two and bowled him out of the way, an interference that provided Bouma's opening to score a short-handed goal.
The play became a virtual wash when Byfuglien scored a power-play goal a few seconds later.
In overtime, with the Jets a man short, Byfuglien was bopped and upended by Calgary goalie Reto Berra as he rounded the net. It was ignored.
And then at the end of overtime, Jets centre Bryan Little said all he did was shake his head at the officials. That earned him a misconduct and an important disqualification from the shootout.
more and you can watch the higlights of the game below via Sportsnet and the Bouma "interference" starts at the 1:00 mark...
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