Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
...Still, we cling to a phrase from that legendary American and abuse victim Rodney King: “People, can’t we all just get along.”
Look, I’d love to delve into hockey issues like why Sid ‘The Kid’ Crosby is being matched in the goals-scored department by Jeremy ‘The Old Man’ Roenick, why the Montreal Canadiens can’t score or even what a phenomenal yet still overlooked talent Paul Stastny has become.
The problem is: issues keep getting in the way, so let’s deal with them….
Gary Bettman’s tenure: Make your own decisions regards whether or not NHL hockey is better now than the day he took over some 14 years ago, but I can guarantee you there are many inside the business of hockey who feel the Commissioner has made their business much more difficult to operate profitably.
many more issues…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Basically, enough is enough. There’s a critical mass in most everything in life and the innate ability to recognize when you’ve indeed reached that point is as important as knowing the precise time to let go of a hand grenade.
NHLPA IV is set to open soon and frankly, I think the franchise is already dead….
You probably remember the original NHLPA I: The Evil Empire versus The Embezzler. In that classic (filming started in 1967), the National Hockey League battled the original version of the PA in a timeless David versus Goliath tale.
from Empty Netters,
We’re going to jump the gun a bit here and briefly preview the Penguins-Capitals game in Washington Saturday.
Many EN readers have told us of the Capitals’ attempts to minimize the healthy contingent of Penguins fans that usually show up at Verizion Center anytime the Penguins are in town. We went to both Penguins games in Washington last season and there were at least 5,000 Penguins fans in the house each game.
The Capitals are attempting to stage a “white-out” night and are encouraging their fans to wear white to the game. They are also handing out white towels to the first 15,000 that show up.
read on for more and numerous NHL bits…
from Fire & Ice,
“I’m not talking about the road anymore,” Sutter said. “I’m tired of talking to you guys about the road, the road, the road. God, we played in Pittsburgh last night and it was a 30-minute flight here and they’ve been lying around here all day to play today. They’re pros. That’s what you’re supposed to do. You play games on the road. It doesn’t matter where you play hockey games. You’ve got to play.”
from All Things Avs,
This info. is this: The money Foppa makes from playing hockey now is PEANUTS compared to what he’s raking in from the sales of Crocs in his native Sweden.
My source said that last year, Forsberg - through his business interest of companies he calls Pforce, and distibutes Crocs in Sweden - needed to sell about 38,000 pairs of the comfy plastic shoes to “break even” financially. And how many did he sell through just HALF the year?
Almost 700,000 pairs, he said. And guess how much Crocs sell for in Sweden? About $90 a pair. I don’t know Foppa’s total take on each sale, but it’s safe to say he’s making money in the multiple millions of dollars - or, in Sweden, the Krona - just from that alone.
KK friend Roman at eNHL.cz just contacted me and he believes Guerin set a record last night, scoring a hat trick for six different teams.
Even though Roman’s site is in Czech, you can get a clear picture of some of the stats he produced.
from the News & Observer,
For the Canes, the key will be maintaining their play in four important areas that brought them success on the road:
1. CAM WARD. Amid all the talk about how Ward’s hard work over the summer restored his quickness, it’s important to remember that quickness was only half of his problem last season.
Consistency was the other, and this is a chance for Ward to prove that he can not only play at a high level—which he did at times last season—but do it on a night-to-night basis.
from David Pagnotta at NBC Sports,
The NHL still has a number of concerns it needs to address before it can confidently say its numbers are heading in the right direction.
Questions continue to surround the league’s national television contracts and the stability of its current markets. But these are just two of five important factors facing the league as it attempts to maximize its revenue potential.
So what needs to be done? How can the league generate a significantly greater revenue base? I’ll tell you…
1. Get back on ESPN…
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.
He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.
Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
...And then the league would move to Europe, to large northern and central European cities where hockey is a major sport. But instead of expanding, it would relocate six existing but failing teams.
Said Thun, “You would go to the six lowest revenue producing teams in the NHL and say, ‘Listen, we’ve got owners in Europe. We want to set up a European division. And we want to move six teams at one time. Are you willing to sell your franchise for $250-million?’ I can’t imagine a lot of people would say no.”
A fee of $250-million would certainly be well above market value for clubs such as Phoenix, Atlanta, Nashville and Florida.
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