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by Paul on 10/04/10 at 10:21 AM ET
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Talked with the NHL’s second-in-command, Bill Daly, this past week to get a better idea why the league is expanding the push into Europe for season openers.
Q: I understand the individual teams don’t bear much cost, that the league pretty much picks up the tab for getting everybody over there. Does the league see that as a long-term investment that will someday pay off or do you get a return on that money right away?
A: I think that’s a fair summary of how the arrangements are supposed to work. Our commitment to our clubs is to try to make sure they are made whole for the lost gate for the lost home game and that all their expenses are taken care of.
If you made it unattractive financially, no club would want to do it, especially given the fact that involves more travel.
If you ask Doug Wilson, my guess is that while he understands the greater good here and has been very generous in wanting to be helpful for the greater good, when you look at it on a micro-basis, he wants to make sure it doesn’t disadvantage him competitively.
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