Slicing and dicing: that expensive second contract

Cam Charron
September 06 2012 10:13AM

One of the craziest common questions circulating around during this period of labour uncertainty is that if the owners cry poor, then why are they still signing these players to huge contracts? The simplest answer is that the owners that are crying poor, aren't exactly the ones signing teams to contracts.

The big deals signed by NHL players, the ones over $50M, are proportionally distributed with the top revenue teams in the NHL and, coincidentally, with the number of playoff berths:

  % of NHL Revenue % of NHL Playoff Spots % of $50M+ Contracts
Top 10 revenue teams 46% 44% 45%
Bottom 10 revenue teams 23% 25% 20%

That's revenue from 2010-11, $50M contracts signed for the 2011-12 season and playoff berths for the 2011-12 season.

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NHL 13: A First Look with Sean "Rammer" Ramjagsingh

Steve Dangle
September 05 2012 08:49PM

The great thing about covering hockey for a living is sometimes you get to play videogames for a living, too!

I sit down and play NHL 13 with the producer of game, Sean "Rammer" Ramjagsingh - who is 6'11", by the way. Have the Leafs found their new number one centre?!?!

Anyway, Rammer explains a lot of the game's new features, shows some great, new in-game footage, and I score two goals on him, including a goal on the Flyers by James van Riemsdyk. That made me really happy. Enjoy!

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The 24-team solution

Cam Charron
September 05 2012 10:44AM

All of a sudden, we feel the need to drop teams from the NHL roster. Michael Grange suggested four, but in the interest of balance, let's drop six, for two 12-team conferences. Right now, the teams are spread out, few are shown on television, and the NHL cannot obviously compete financially in the United States with a league similarly sized to the NFL and MLB.

But this leads me to a question, one that I'm determined to answer before the next round of contraction or relocation:

If it were in the best interests of the National Hockey League to have fewer teams, why wouldn't there already be fewer teams?

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Kessel: A Leaf for Life? Maybe Not

Ryan Fancey
September 05 2012 04:58AM

In a previous post, I talked a little about the Leafs' plans in the summer of 2013, and how Burke is likely looking ahead to then for major bolstering of the team. Potentially, with some big additions available to bid on, and a new set of rules under which to do so.

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NHL Fans: Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away

Graphic Comments
September 04 2012 05:41PM

Don't go away mad, just go away

You're an NHL fan. You spend your hard-earned money every year going to games. You buy merchandise. You subscribe to Centre Ice. You've been through one, maybe two lockouts, and even a strike if you're really old. And now they're threatening to make you go through yet another lockout.

This makes you mad.

So mad, in fact, that you're willing to take action and show the world just how angry you are. And maybe, just maybe, your action combined with the actions of thousands of other outraged fans might even have an impact and a lockout will be avoided or at least shortened.

Well, you have every right to be outraged. But make no mistake, the angrier you get and the more you show it, the more you ensure the lockout goes on.

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