Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/17/05 at 09:23 AM ET
The beauty of a salary cap tied to National Hockey League revenues, commissioner Gary Bettman likes to say, is that it means teams are not likely to move. Those with intimate knowledge of the financial matters of NHL franchises, however, say there are circumstances where the new collective agreement could hasten the departure of a team to another city. The Thrashers are also in the midst of a nasty divorce with its ownership group, which could speed up a sale or move. Steve Belkin, who hockey fans may remember as the guy who said the NHL owners planned to use replacement players during the lockout, has agreed to sell his 30-per-cent interest in the Thrashers, the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and Philips Arena to his other partners after a bitter falling out.read on
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