Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/03/06 at 09:52 AM ET
The Canadiens are done. The better team won. That makes sense; the impending inundation of red ink does not. The Habs sell out every game, with ticket prices that top out at $150. Bell Centre souvenir shops, where items are more expensive than they are two blocks away on Ste. Catherine St., do a booming business pushing polyester to middle-aged guys who think they look cool in Saku Koivu jerseys. The NHL's new economic order - the establishment of which caused the loss of an entire season - introduced a revenue-sharing formula that has the most financially successful teams bailing out clubs that are having a tough time making money. Like the Carolina Hurricanes, who advance to the next round. The new collective agreement stipulates that the top 10 money-making teams contribute to a pool that is distributed among the bottom 15 teams. Figures have not been made public, but Habs' revenues in 2005-'06 are reported to be the NHL's third-highest, behind Toronto and Detroit. That's the good news.read on
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