November 28 2012 02:28PM
If you’ve had difficulty getting your head around the numbers being tossed around during the NHL lockout regarding the financial situations the league’s 30 teams find themselves in, there’s good reason – at least if you look at the numbers published in Forbes Magazine today.
November 28 2012 12:29PM
Forbes annual look at the business of hockey was released on Wednesday, and if their estimates are accurate Canadian NHL teams are far and away the healthiest group of franchises in the game.
November 28 2012 12:01PM
1. Mediation means nothing
There were two things I didn't know or had forgotten about the federal mediation process: 1) The league and PA used it last time to little effect, and 2) nothing the mediators say or decide is in any way binding.
That leads me to believe that, much like the NHLPA's threat of decertifying, there's nothing that will ultimately come of all this. Even leaving aside that whole Twitter flap, this thing seems like a pretty transparent move by the league to agree to it. For one thing, the whole point of decertification — again, it is something of which the league is absolutely terrified — is because the PA feels that the NHL is not bargaining in good faith.
November 28 2012 09:49AM
(Today we begin a new series on the Flames top-10 draft picks of all time. FN writers were polled, their votes tallied and the players ranked accordingly. We begin the countdown to #1 with 10th placed Sergei Makarov.)
As Flames fans, we have become used to a particular phenomenon when it comes to who the organization selects at the NHL draft. That being the only thing most of us are sure about is that their pick is usually going to be “off the board” in some manner. Meaning, no one else is really sure of the pick either.
In 1983, the team indeed went off the board. Not in the sense that fans had razor blades at their readiness with their first round pick, but rather in the twelfth round, 231st overall the Calgary Flames took a flier on a player they were probably never going to see in their uniform. At 24 years of age, Sergei Makarov was easily a first round talent. Heck, he could have even gone first overall had it not been for the cold war and the fact he played in the Soviet Elite League.
At that time there were no such thing as deals or transfer agreements.
November 27 2012 06:03PM
Just a little KHL Update today, but sometimes the best gifts come in small packages!... OK, I think all this early Christmas music is starting to take its toll.