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Is John Collins Staying With Or Leaving The NHL?

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL chief operation officer John Collins denied rumors that he was considering leaving the NHL because he was upset about the lockout. 

“Not true,” Collins said in an email to ESPN.com. “No one is/will be happy until we reach a long-term agreement that returns our focus to growing the game/revenues.” 

The mastermind behind the Winter Classic, Collins is largely responsible for growing the NHL’s revenues to $3.3 billion in 2011-12. He also guided the launch of the NHL Network in the U.S. and the NHL Network online. 

Previously an executive with the NFL and Cleveland Browns, Collins has been with the NHL since 2007 and was promoted to COO in 2008.

from Greg Wyshyhski of Puck Daddy,

The lockout has managed to harm, undermine or completely destroy many of John Collins's accomplishments and innovations, while leaving the League's COO trying to keep sponsors from revolting.

Because of that, there's a chance this lockout could cost the NHL arguably its most important behind the scenes player.

Multiple sources have confirmed a report by Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period on Monday that Collins "isn't a happy camper" at this point in the lockout, and that could mean his eventual exit from the League.

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Evilpens's avatar

Greg Wyshyhski is a Douche Bag!! you can be pissed at the state of things & not quit!

Think I was happy with how the Pens Played in the Playoffs the past few seasons? NO!! I was pissed, But I will always be a fan of the Pens !!

Posted by Evilpens on 12/04/12 at 03:06 PM ET

Primis's avatar

*facepalm*

Way to miss the point, evilpens.

Collins’ job has been to come up with ways to grow the league brand.  He’s been enormously-successful, and now it’s all been flushed down the toilet.

Nobody could blame him for wondering what he’s supposed to do now to save the trainwreck.  Wyshinski probably does have legit sources who have heard Collins complain openly, and Collins himself was quite evasive in his response to the matter.

And Collins would be an idiot if he stayed on after the lockout.  Maybe he moves on to the NBA, who certainly need some new ideas of their own.

Posted by Primis on 12/04/12 at 03:29 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Enormously successful?????????????????? at what ??????????????

Posted by Evilpens on 12/04/12 at 03:40 PM ET

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Greg Wyshyhski is a Douche Bag!! you can be pissed at the state of things & not quit!

Think I was happy with how the Pens Played in the Playoffs the past few seasons? NO!! I was pissed, But I will always be a fan of the Pens !!

Do you really think those two things are the same, being a “loyal fan” and being a “loyal employee” . Like, really?

Posted by Chris M on 12/04/12 at 03:55 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

UMM if you think EVERYONE is happy with their boss or company Put the crack pipe down

Posted by Evilpens on 12/04/12 at 04:08 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

I’m still trying to find out what he has been “Enormously Successful” at ?? NHL Network ? Please !!! about 7 people watch the crap that is on outside of few NHL Games they put onNHL games

Posted by Evilpens on 12/04/12 at 04:10 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

The mastermind behind the Winter Classic, Collins is largely responsible for growing the NHL’s revenues to $3.3 billion in 2011-12.

There we go.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/04/12 at 04:15 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Hope Collins finds his way to the ECHL.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/04/12 at 04:31 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

Sounds like he’s the main person responsible fore any of the NHL’s successes the past few years.  Maybe they could keep him on by giving him Gary’s job.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 12/04/12 at 04:35 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Sounds like he’s the main person responsible fore any of the NHL’s successes the past few years.  Maybe they could keep him on by giving him Gary’s job.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 12/04/12 at 03:35 PM ET

Aye.  Never gonna happen, but stranger things have happened.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 12/04/12 at 04:36 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Is he also responsible for the Sun-Belt expansion?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 12/04/12 at 06:35 PM ET

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All I can say to Evilpens is whoosh.

Posted by dash_pinched on 12/05/12 at 02:13 AM ET

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