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from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
Pittsburgh Penguins’ owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle had a mixed 2016: their team captured the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup but the owners—exploring ways to raise equity–did not get anything close to the $750 million valuation for their team they reportedly were looking for.
Consolation prize? The 13 playoff games at PPG Paints Arena enabled the Penguins to generate $26 million in operating income (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization), seventh-most in the NHL and 27% more than the team raked in the prior season.
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from Eric Francis at Sportsnet,
The Calgary Flames returned from their longest road trip of the season Tuesday morning just two points out of a wild card spot.
Despite a horrific start that has seen the club struggle to find any sort of identity or consistency under Glen Gulutzan, just one win separated them from the west’s top eight. And while history suggests those outside the playoff bubble by U.S. Thanksgiving are long-shots at best to play in the spring tourney, it says here the Flames will be in that playoff mix come April.
Here’s the logic:
If this team can remain that close to the pack without the help of any of its top five players, surely things will turn when the stars start showing up. It’s unconventional thinking from a columnist, who over the years, has been called everything but an optimist when it comes to the Flames.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Sure you might lose one of hockey's greatest rivalries -- a Montreal-Boston playoff series, unless both meet in what would be the conference finals. Toronto would say goodbye to Buffalo and Detroit, but that's about it really.
The Maple Leafs are making their annual trek west -- they picked up a win in Edmonton in a building that seemed filled with Leafs fans -- and head to Calgary tonight for the second of back-to-backs.
Leafs-Oilers (Matthews-McDavid, or Kadri-McDavid, or Rielly-McDavid) seems like a rivalry that would grow if they'd only play each other more. Ditto Leafs-Jets, where Patrik Laine seems built for the spotlight of showing up the team that passed over him. Really Leafs-AnyCanadianTeam. Same goes for the Canadiens and the Canucks, with cross-country followers, and Oilers, as long as McDavid is healthy.
Yoiu've got to think networks on both sides of the border would love it. There'd be more big American games for NBC to show. They could ignore us completely.
And don't worry about the travel. They fly in really nice planes. And your opponent for the first two rounds of the playoffs (as I see it, anyway) would be from the same division, with the same travel schedule.
NEW YORK (Nov. 30, 2016) – Hockey fans will again determine the four captains for the 2017 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 29 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVAS) when the 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote™ opens worldwide on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. ET at NHL.com/vote and via the NHL® App.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
Tom Rowe walked into the locker room. A moment later, he walked out. The new coach had but a brief message for the Florida Panthers after a 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday.
"He just kind of told us that if we play like that, we'll be on the other end, the winning side, more often than not," defenseman Keith Yandle said.
After all the negativity over the previous 48 hours following the firing of coach Gerard Gallant, this was a time to accentuate the positives: The Panthers played hard. They tied the game in the third period on a power-play goal by Jaromir Jagr. They finished with 39 shots on goal, tying for their second-highest total of the season. They earned a point. Had Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford not been First Star, they might have earned two.
"Definitely," Rowe said after his first game as an NHL coach. "Really proud of the guys. The effort was incredible."
Below are the game highlights...
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Tuesday night McDavid was brilliant in setting up Milan Lucic for a glorious opportunity in the second period. He scored one of the greatest goals of his young career on a partial breakaway early in the third. He also won a faceoff to pick up an assist on a second-period goal by Andrej Sekera.
It was the ninth multi-point game of the season for McDavid. And that made it 30.4 per cent of the games so far in his career.
If the team that head coach Todd McLellan says too often waits around for McDavid to do it had shown up with him for this game, he’d have owned the day against the hometown team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Newmarket, Ont.
Instead it was a tale of a visiting team outscoring the Oilers 4-2 to win only its second away game of the year and the home team that has now dropped to 5-6 in their brand new building despite a 7-4-2 record on the road.
Edmonton fans came to the game last night expecting a big night from No. 97, considering the frustration involved in his first NHL game against the Leafs in Air Canada Centre, a 3-2 overtime loss back on Nov. 1.
As the NHL season hits the quarter pole, people are producing their first lists of the season for NHL Award leaders and most have Carey Price and McDavid 1-2 for the Hart Trophy as most valuable player.
Game highlights are below...
Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 3, Carolina 2
COLUMBUS 5, Tampa Bay 1
PHILADELPHIA 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Buffalo 5, OTTAWA 4
DETROIT 3, Dallas 1
WINNIPEG 3, New Jersey 2
CHICAGO 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Nashville 5, COLORADO 3
Toronto 4, EDMONTON 2
VANCOUVER 5, Minnesota 4
ANAHEIM 2, Montreal 1
SAN JOSE 2, Arizona 1 (OT)
MAPLE LEAFS EMERGE (AGAIN) IN MATTHEWS-MCDAVID SHOWDOWN
Auston Matthews (1-0—1) scored the opening goal less than six minutes into his second NHL meeting against Connor McDavid (1-1—2) to spur the Maple Leafs to their second straight victory.
* Matthews, who ranks second among rookies with 10 goals, has scored in three straight games (4-1—5) after going 13 contests without a goal. He ranks second among rookies in points (10-8—18), behind Patrik Laine (13-6—19) and teammate Mitch Marner (7-12—19).
* McDavid, meanwhile, extended his point streak to six games (6-6—12) with his ninth multi-point effort of the campaign to increase his League-leading point total to 11-20—31 (24 GP). He ranks second in the NHL with 1.14 points per game since the start of last season, behind last year’s leading scorer Patrick Kane (1.22).
* Nazem Kadri (1-0—1), who stole the spotlight with 2-0—2 including the overtime winner in the first Matthews-McDavid showdown on Nov. 1, again scored the game-winning goal for Toronto.
Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger have more on the Maple Leafs' willingness to trade a winger for a defenceman, Peter Holland's future in Toronto, the Coyotes being open to moving Anthony Duclair, and the expectations for the NHLPA to decline the NHL's proposal to extend the CBA.
watch here, no geo-blocking...
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- San Jose broke a lot of its own rules in re-signing Brent Burns to an eight-year, $64M contract. Term longer than five years, signing bonuses all over the place and front-loading the money. Burns had a ton of leverage, and it’s very possible he left money on the table by not testing the market. But, don’t %&*$ with happy and the Sharks got to a point where next summer’s number-one free agent was thrilled to commit. The way I look at it is this: San Jose is built to be a legitimate, consistent Stanley Cup contender over the next four-five years. If you lose him, you can’t replace him. There is simply no one available that could have Burns’s impact on the ice and among the group. It would seriously damage the Sharks’ chances, so you take the plunge.
- With Burns signed, the top free-agent defencemen are probably Washington’s Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk of St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong proved with David Backes that if he thinks his team is good enough, he’ll go for it. And we know Washington is all-in. The market for defenders is high, because it’s so hard to find them. Good ones will get what they want. Nick Kypreos reported last weekend Alzner is asking between $5.5M-$6M from the Capitals. I do think they value Alzner — a lot — but don’t see how they could get there without a major corresponding move. Could see Western Canada’s teams throwing themselves at him.
- As for Shattenkirk, in all of last summer’s rumours, I didn’t realize until last week that some teams were actually allowed to talk to him. As usual, the particular clubs and agent Jordan Neumann weren’t talking, but Arizona and Edmonton had their shot....
more inlcuding a lot of Florida Panthers talk...
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