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A Feel Good Story For Every NHL Team

from Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

To cheer you up during this lonely time, we revisited a feel-good story for every team this season:

Arizona Coyotes

Alex Meruelo. The billionaire became the only NHL majority owner of Hispanic descent last July, and we quickly learned the Coyotes had a new economic reality. In 2017-18, they had the lowest cap number in the NHL; last season it was 23rd in the league; but this season, only the Toronto Maple Leafs had a higher cap figure than Arizona. This new economic stability allowed the Coyotes to aggressively add Phil Kessel and Taylor Hall via trades in the last calendar year. Whether or not they make the playoffs, it's clear that the Coyotes have a stronger wind in their sails as a franchise. Now, about that new arena.

Detroit Red Wings

Owning Montreal. There weren't exactly a plethora of choices for the Red Wings this season, and we're not counting "Steve Yzerman returns!" from last offseason. But one absolute highlight was the inexplicable owning of another Original Six team, the Montreal Canadiens. The Red Wings swept the season series against the Canadiens (4-0-0), outscoring them 14-9. Had the Canadiens swept them, Montreal would be two points out of a wild-card playoff spot. Consider this: Detroit's season series victory over Montreal accounted for roughly 31% of their regulation wins this season!

the rest of the teams...

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This is a good read - and view as well.

It’s hard not to tear up along with Bobby Ryan.

And I don’t know how many best man speeches Kevin Bieksa’s given in his life,
or if he’s just a natural, but he does an amazing job paying tribute to the Sedin brothers.

The overall impression those two videos give are a reminder maybe of why we spend so much time on a sport none or almost none of us ever came
remotely near making a buck at, especially as players.

This is hockey at its best: fans genuinely caring about players as people when they’re at their most vulnerable. Players caring about and learning from each other. People from different countries and cultures bonding like brothers. Players and organizations repaying a share of their good fortune and wealth and the time, passion, and hard-earned money of their fans, by donating on a continual basis to good causes and volunteering their time especially with kids and others facing daunting challenges.

Pro sports aren’t often the greatest deal for taxpayers. Some owners and players can be jerks. But the sense of community and positive focus a team can create is hard to replace.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/01/20 at 11:25 AM ET

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Pro sports aren’t often the greatest deal for taxpayers. Some owners and players can be jerks. But the sense of community and positive focus a team can create is hard to replace.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/01/20 at 11:25 AM ET

Aren’t often? How about in all but a very select few cases aren’t.

I would say the only pro-sports franchise that was a great deal for taxpayers were the Detroit Pistons under Davidson—and I mean Bill not his wife after his death. As he built his arena with 100% private funding. But even then you could argue that public works projects needed to be done to support the arena. I would argue they balanced the economic impact the arena provided to the area.



Posted by d ca on 04/01/20 at 04:53 PM ET


I’m not going to argue with that - was going for understatement for once.

Often these deals have aspects of straight up corporate welfare;
redistribution to the very top.

It’s usually a good idea for the public to dig in and not settle for the
first or second version of what an owner is asking of the public.

But the positives of a whole town or region having a positive unifying pastime
can be pretty unique.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/01/20 at 05:29 PM ET

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