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From Sheila Wissner at The Tennessean,
While Nashville officials and the would-be owners of the Nashville Predators struggle to reach new terms for an arena lease, one man stands to walk away from it all with more than $30 million.
Team owner Craig Leipold, who says he’s unloading the hockey team because it’s a money-loser, would gain a windfall of more than three times his initial investment, according to an analysis by The Tennessean. That’s even after covering $70 million in operating losses Leipold has claimed.
*Very good overview of the ownership structure and financial origins of the team.
From Joe Pelletier at Hockey Legends,
I will always remember the late Bob Johnson for two quotes.
The first everyone knows. “It’s a great day for hockey.” But an earlier quote has never left me. “You don’t need great skill to be a good penalty killer. You just need hard work. There’s no reason why every team shouldn’t have a good penalty kill.”
Ultimately, Johnson is right, although certain skill sets make some penalty killers better than others.
continued… (*a look at the best PK’ers of all time, plus a list of the top 25 SH goal scorers)
from the Toronton Star,
Time was that when you wanted to learn more about a player or the game itself, you were limited to traditional forms of media. And, unless you wanted to head down the arena to boo, it was one-way communication.
Now, your favourite player might post a blog, he might be reading messages on social networking websites or he might have his own website on which he entertains comments and queries.
“Fans feel free to email me, ask a question or tell me I suck,” said Wade Belak, who started his own website as a way to keep family and friends in western Canada up to speed.
Yes, he was, so says legendary hockey writer Red Fisher in this highlight reel remembering Richard’s 500th goal.
It is Friday night, you want a little hockey, take 2 minutes to watch this glorious video…
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Heading into the weekend, just six junior-eligible players remained on NHL rosters: Boston’s Milan Lucic, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Minnesota’s James Sheppard, Phoenix’s Peter Mueller, and David Perron of the Blues.
Every one of them thinks he belongs in the NHL. None would have lasted this long without that belief. But players don’t always know what’s best for them. To be honest, neither do the teams who employ them. And that’s why the decisions regarding their fates are so open to second-guessing.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The question has been asked before and today, on the 50th anniversary of the Rocket’s 500th goal, it bears asking again: could Maurice Richard have been successful in today’s NHL?
Was he a good enough skater? Would he have been big enough to ward off defencemen? Would his legendary temper have bubbled over and gotten the better of him in an 82-game schedule?
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
...Still, we cling to a phrase from that legendary American and abuse victim Rodney King: “People, can’t we all just get along.”
Look, I’d love to delve into hockey issues like why Sid ‘The Kid’ Crosby is being matched in the goals-scored department by Jeremy ‘The Old Man’ Roenick, why the Montreal Canadiens can’t score or even what a phenomenal yet still overlooked talent Paul Stastny has become.
The problem is: issues keep getting in the way, so let’s deal with them….
Gary Bettman’s tenure: Make your own decisions regards whether or not NHL hockey is better now than the day he took over some 14 years ago, but I can guarantee you there are many inside the business of hockey who feel the Commissioner has made their business much more difficult to operate profitably.
many more issues…
from David Pagnotta at NBC Sports,
The NHL still has a number of concerns it needs to address before it can confidently say its numbers are heading in the right direction.
Questions continue to surround the league’s national television contracts and the stability of its current markets. But these are just two of five important factors facing the league as it attempts to maximize its revenue potential.
So what needs to be done? How can the league generate a significantly greater revenue base? I’ll tell you…
1. Get back on ESPN…
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.
He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.
Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
...And then the league would move to Europe, to large northern and central European cities where hockey is a major sport. But instead of expanding, it would relocate six existing but failing teams.
Said Thun, “You would go to the six lowest revenue producing teams in the NHL and say, ‘Listen, we’ve got owners in Europe. We want to set up a European division. And we want to move six teams at one time. Are you willing to sell your franchise for $250-million?’ I can’t imagine a lot of people would say no.”
A fee of $250-million would certainly be well above market value for clubs such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville and Florida.
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