And it's a fact. The more games that are played, the more TV dollars that are recouped.
We've run through our list of questions. Now's your chance to get one in.
Let's say Pietrangelo signs for $9 million a year. You would then have $21 million a year tied up in three D-men. Parayko counts $5.5 million against the cap and Faulk is at $6.5 million per CapFriendly next season. That's about 1/4th of your cap tied up in three players next year. Keep in mind though, you could see Faulk on the expansion list (for Seattle) after this season if his play doesn't pick up. The Blues have always been a defense/goaltending-first team under Armstrong though and that's something to be factored in.
Without fans in the stands next season, the AHL will have issues. Maybe there will be limited, socially-distanced fans, but it's hard to imagine the entire stadium seating being opened _ at least until there's a proven vaccine.TV dollars are minimal in the league. Will player payroll have to be cut? Roster-size trimmed? This could be a real issue.
You have to remember, the Blues don't own the Springfield team, nor did they own the San Antonio Rampage. They have a working arrangement, but don't own the team. So either the Blues would have to purchase a team and move it here _ not a cheap proposition _ or the Springfield owner(s) would have to decide to move the squad here (which is not likely). So it's not nearly as easy as you'd think to set up shop here.
There certainly is a lot of unknown here. Hockey players are obviously young and generally healthy and in great shape. So they are low-risk. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said on several occasions lately that a single positive test wouldn't necessarily shut down the playoffs. And the number of people allowed in the building at any one time would be severely limited. But it depends on how tight a bubble you have around the players and the facility. Are the players willing to stay close to the rinks and the hotels for several weeks at a time? How much will the support staff at rinks _ such as cleaners, electricians, technicians, etc. _ be monitored and tested? How tight will the bubble be at hotels? The league seems to be taking a thorough and detailed approach to all this, but even Gary Bettman said it won't mitigate all risk.
Well, it's all relative. Some of the Canadian Blues I've talked to think 80 degrees is hot. But again, I don't think weather is much of a factor. It's not like the players will be spending a lot of time outdoors. And if heat was a major factor, Las Vegas wouldn't be one of the 10 candidate cities.
With a smile on my face while I type, I think I'll just pass on this one. But I think each writer has his or her own personality and style, be it in print or in a chat. The variety makes it more interesting.
OK, looks like that it's for today. Thought there might be more complaints about St. Louis being knocked out as a hub city. In any event, thanks for playing, stay safe, and we'll talk to you next week.