September 07 2012 07:11AM
When the Toronto Maple Leafs traded away once highly-regarded rearguard Luke Schenn for Flyers winger James Van Riemsdyk, speculation revolved around moving the six-foot-three gentle giant into the middle between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel.
I find that to be folly, something assessed as an idea, a conceptual thought experiment that fizzles almost instantly. I didn’t have a chance at the time to write about this when it first appeared, but I wanted to touch upon it.
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.
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!
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?
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.