Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/07/06 at 11:46 AM ET
"Typically, we allot $500,000 in the budget for injuries," MacLean said yesterday morning. "We were anywhere from $500,000 to $900,000 in each of our first four years. So, you allow for an extra contract, a 23 rd guy. (This season), we’re trending to be well over $2 million." "We’re caught in a situation where the gate is slightly down because of the compression of the schedule in an Olympic year and because the team’s performance probably isn’t where it should be," MacLean said. "We’re down 8 percent in ticket revenues, about 3 percent of which is due to a decrease in prices. So call it a 5 percent decrease — but that’s $2 million. "Add in the payroll costs (because of injuries) and suddenly you’re talking about a potential $4 million budget swing."read on
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