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Earning Their Pay

from P.J. Stock of CBC,

My list of top studs for their $:

Carey Price: $2,750,000 cap hit. No. 1 in games played, wins, saves, shutouts, fourth in save percentage, fifth in goals-against average. Considering where I thought the Habs would be and my concern for how Price would start the year off, he’s my numero uno stud so far this season.

Dustin Byfuglien: 25 points in 24 games for a $3 million cap hit and his hurt ego after being dealt from the Cup champs.

Ondrej Pavelec: Passed out in game one and has taken some time to get back on his feet. Consider where he and his team were a month ago and where they are now. Pavelec, making $1.15 M, has posted a .949 save percentage (third in league) and a 1.62 GAA. He deserves a ton of credit.


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The Most Valuable Teams In The NHL

from Kurt Badenhausen, Michael K. Ozanian and Christina Settimi of Forbes,

There is parity on the ice in hockey. Since a lockout canceled the National Hockey League’s 2004-‘05 season and ushered in the salary cap era, a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year. Two big-market teams (Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks), one mid-market team (Detroit Red Wings) and two small-market teams (Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins) have won the championship. You can root for hockey almost anywhere in the U.S. and Canada and have a shot at seeing a local team capture the Cup.

But when it comes to the P&L statement, the NHL has become a two-tiered league. During the 2009-‘10 season the 30 teams combined to generate $160 million of operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) on revenue (net of proceeds required for arena debt) of $2.9 billion

more plus a list of hockey’s most valuable teams...

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Will The Islanders Ever Be Good Again?

from Ken Belson and Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Wang was traveling and declined to speak for this article. With no financial boost in the offing, Wang has cut costs. He has left key executive positions unfilled and turned the public-relations office into a revolving door. Hofstra University now carries the team’s games on its radio station instead of commercial broadcasters that charge teams more, but have stronger signals.

The Islanders have one of the lowest payrolls in the league, yet they are still paying two former players, Alexei Yashin and Brendan Witt, so the team can reach the league-mandated salary minimum. That’s also why they have not put injured players like Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo on the long-term injury list.

Although the Islanders’ No. 1 pick from last year, John Tavares, has played well, the team has not always fared well in recent drafts. They used their first-round pick, No. 15 over all, in the 2003 N.H.L. entry draft to select Robert Nilsson, a right wing from Sweden. Two picks later, the Devils selected Zach Parise, who is considered part of that team’s foundation. Nilsson played part of one season for the Islanders before he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers.

This year, the Islanders used their seventh-round pick to select Cody Rosen, a goaltender from Clarkson University who played in one period of one game last season for his college, allowing three goals. The selection surprised even Rosen, who has not played in a game this year.


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Rick Dudley Behind The Thrashers Improvement

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

...with Dudley driving the bus, the Thrashers are starting to make a bit of a charge. They say there’s nothing like winning to gain the attention of the locals and Dudley’s Thrashers are certainly going to put that theory to the test. So on a night when his team is winning its sixth straight game, 3-2 in overtime against the Colorado Avalanche, Dudley continues to assess the rest of the league looking for the next piece of the puzzle that will give his Thrashers legitimacy.

Make no mistake about it, they are getting close. Atlanta, which has made the playoffs just once in its 10 years in the league, sits sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 13-9-3 record.

The first thing the Thrashers needed was an identity and when Dudley poached four players from the salary cap-challenged defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks last summer, a team he helped build, it was a step in the right direction. The Thrashers added defencemen Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel as well as forwards Andrew Ladd and Ben Eager from Chicago.

“If you want me to give a cliché-ish answer I can, but the reality is we wanted to be a hard-forechecking and up-tempo team and we felt we had the players to be that kind of a team,” Dudley says. “We felt if we performed at or close to our optimal level, then we’d be fine…we’d be competitive.


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The Ball Is In The Islanders Court

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Today’s calendar reads Dec. 1, 2010, but a Long Island, N.Y., based hockey writer by the name of Chris Botta has effectively, and apparently legally in the NHL, been banned by the New York Islanders from attending Islander games and practices at the Nassau Coliseum.

Really? Seriously? We’re going there? Again?

You’ve got to be kidding.

Admittedly, the Botta-Islander situation is unique in the annals of pro sports media relations gone wrong.


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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (December 1, 2010)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Dustin Byfuglien have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the month of November.

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Report- Oilers Talking Quebec City

from Karine Gagnon at the Toronto Sun,

Top Edmonton Oilers executives, including President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, are to meet Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume Wednesday to discuss possible relocation, QMI has learned.

Oilers President and CEO Patrick Laforge and Paul Marcaccio, with the Katz ownership group, have also travelled east as talks to build a new and profitable arena in Edmonton remain stalled.

“We don’t know what to expect from this meeting,” Lowe, a former captain of Quebec City’s junior hockey team, told QMI.


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Superstar Advantage

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

While it happens nowhere near to the extent that it does in the NBA, NHL stars likely do get preferential treatment, and perhaps rightfully so.

If Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin fall down, there’s a good chance they were hooked or interfered with. Similarly if Henrik puts a puck right on Daniel’s stick and he shoots it in the seats, there’s a good chance he was hooked or slashed. It’s human nature for officials to feel that way.

That little edge might get you that one or two extra calls over a playoff series that help tip the balance. In an era when teams are going to nutrition, sleep, skill and psychological specialists, establishing your stars and your team adds that one more little edge.


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Gagne’s Return Sparks Bolts, Plus a Few Thoughts on Pat Burns

I’ve tagged him the Lightning’s “wild card” all season, even before the neck injury that cost him 18 games. After a pointless first six games in a Lightning uniform, it was hard to forecast what Simon Gagne might bring to Tampa Bay this season. After all, recent history tells us that productivity elsewhere may not instantly equate to success alongside Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa (see: Tanguay, Alex, both before and after his single season as a Bolt). Add in that lingering injury – the latest in a career full of them for Gagne – and there is still really no telling what the former Flyer might be capable of for the long haul.

But, for a night, the wait was well worth it for both player and team, as Gagne lifted the Lightning to a 4-3 overtime decision in Toronto with the decisive tally in the extra frame.

Lecavalier remains out for the immediate future, so whether these two end up meshing as intended is still very much up in the air. And, of course, sustained health for Gagne is always a question mark (though, really, isn’t it for all of us?) But if Gagne’s impact on the Bolts last night is any indication as to what he might bring to the table for Tampa Bay in the long run, as my ever-optimistic Bolts Beat co-host, Mike Corcoran, suggests ad nauseam, maybe there really is something special coming together for the Lightning this season.

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Salary Cap Benefits Richer Teams

from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,

During the 20 years I have been calculating the values of NHL, NFL and NBA teams two of the constants have been a ratcheting up of salary restrictions on athletes via salary caps and payroll taxes, and a growing spread in team values within each league. This is not a coincidence. Tying team payrolls to league-wide revenue (currently about 50% of total revenue goes towards player compensation and benefits in each of four leagues) has served to make high-revenue teams enormously profitable and low-revenue teams unprofitable, or marginally so, relative to their rivals. The growing distortion in profitability has resulted in a bigger gap in team values.

In our just-completed NHL valuations, the league’s aggregate operating income was $135 million for the 2009-10 season. But without the combined operating income ($177 million) of the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens the league would have lost money.


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